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The blaze started in a mid-terrace shop and spread to four neighbouring premises

A fire that spread along a row of shops in east London is being treated as suspicious by police.

It started in a mid-terrace shop in Green Street, in Forest Gate, Newham, and spread to four neighbouring premises and two flats.

About 100 firefighters tackled the blaze which started at 22:30 BST on Sunday. It was brought under control shortly after 03:00.

One man was treated by firefighters for smoke inhalation.

About 26 residents left premises surrounding the fire before the emergency crews arrived.

Images shared on social media show flames and plumes of smoke billowing from a row of shops and video shot from Green Street showed the extent of the fire.

Fifteen fire engines from 13 stations attended, including aerial crews.

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The cause of the fire is being investigated by the London Fire Brigade and police

“The fire spread through several old shop premises and was difficult to gain control of due to it spreading in different ways,” a London Fire Brigade spokesman said.

“Our crews have used breathing apparatus to carry out searches of all of the premises and we used our aerial appliances to observe from above. We also used our drone to gain a better view of the fire.”

The Met Police said it was carrying out a joint investigation with the fire service and the fire was currently being treated as suspicious.

No-one has been arrested.

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