Woman dies after fire at block of flats in Chingford

A woman has died after a fire at a block of flats designed for adults with learning difficulties in north-east London.

More than 70 firefighters were called to Connington Crescent, Chingford, just before 2.15am on Friday.

London Fire Brigade said 12 people left the three-storey block before firefighters arrived.

Half of the ground and first floor were alight, while the roof had caught fire too.

Station manager Keith Wilson said: "Firefighters have been working hard to contain the spread of the fire which has destroyed the roof.

"Crews expect to be here into the day, tackling hot spots."

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