One man was taken to hospital with burns and smoke inhalation today after 10 fire engines and 72 firefighters were called to attend a huge blaze at a parade of shops on Yorkton Street in Hackney.
Hackney Road was closed between Queensbridge Road and Pritchard's Road as firefighters from Soho, Islington, Holloway, Shoreditch, Homerton, Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, Tottenham and Poplar fire stations attended the scene, after thick black began pouring from Lacey's shoe shop at 1pm.
By 2.15pm the London Fire Brigade tweeted that it was "making good progress" tackling the fire. However, smoke could still be seen from miles around.
"Residents are advised to keep doors and windows closed," said the fire brigade.
According to officers, the blaze was on part of a roof on the street.
The street is close to Haggerston Park and Hackney City Farm, as well as Haggerston School.