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The moment when giant panes of glass crashed to the ground as hell ripped through the Whitechapel tower block

Firefighters evacuated residents from the Tower of London this afternoon after a large fire broke out.

Smoke billows across the capital following a fire at the Relay Building on Whitechapel Highway.

A massive fire engulfed a building in Whitechapel, London today, forcing terrified residents to evacuate

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A massive fire engulfed a building in Whitechapel, London today, forcing terrified residents to evacuateCredit: PA
Streets were cut when glass and debris hit the ground

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Streets were cut when glass and debris hit the groundCredit: Twitter / @ 422error

Footage of the fire appears to show shards of glass and other debris falling to the ground from the 23-story building.

It is understood that offices occupy the lower floors of the tower, with residential areas occupying the higher floors. Fire on the 17th floor.

The London Fire Brigade bravely rushed into hell to rescue those trapped inside.

About 125 firefighters were on the scene when the incident happened.

At least 50 members of the panicked public called 999 after discovering the fire at the junction of Commercial Street and Whitechapel Road in Aldgate.

Eyewitnesses claim that they could still see some people on the balcony while the evacuation was in progress.

Shocking video taken from a building across the street shows smoked debris plunging to the ground.

One resident said he had to flee the building after a neighbor knocked on his door to let him know their property was on fire.

The man, who did not wish to be named, told The Sun: “There were no alarms going off so I don’t know.

“It didn’t even come out in the hallway.

“We ran straight down the stairs and into the street, very scared.

VOLUME CONFIRMATION

“The building had an electrical problem so there were a few fires in the past but nothing as bad as this.

“I was on the 11th floor and I know the people on the 18th floor have also been evacuated.

“I think everyone managed to get out in time, which is a relief.”

Another witness said she saw babies and mothers gathered on the street outside.

“I’m very shaken. I’m just worried for all the people who live there,” she said.

“To not have any alarms in such a building – all I can say is I live in a bungalow and I never leave a bungalow.”

‘NO WARNING’

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said the fire brigade used a giant 64 meter ladder – one of the longest in Europe – as they battled the blaze.

Fire crews from Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Dowgate, Bethnal Green, Dockhead, Old Kent Road, Islington and surrounding fire stations were at the scene, he said.

“The cause of the fire remains unknown at this stage.”

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said paramedics, an incident response officer, a rapid response vehicle and members of the hazardous area response team were in attendance.

Anyone who works or lives nearby is urged to close their windows to keep out the smoke.

One resident told The Sun he didn't hear any alarms - even as flames ripped through the 17th floor

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One resident told The Sun he didn’t hear any alarms – even as flames ripped through the 17th floorCredit: PA
About 125 firefighters were on the scene this afternoon and the streets were cordoned off

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About 125 firefighters were on the scene this afternoon and the streets were cordoned offCredit: BPM
Broken glass seems to cover the road near the building

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Broken glass seems to cover the road near the buildingCredit: Twitter

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