Girl, 11, dies after pest control chemicals found in east London flats | London


An 11-year-old girl has died and several other people have fallen ill after apparent pest control chemicals were found in a building in east London.

Paramedics called police on Saturday afternoon after reporting a girl was unresponsive at a flat in Shadwell. She was taken to hospital and died a short time later.

Other residents of the building said they were unwell and three people were taken to hospital, where they remained on Sunday, the Met said.

He said the girl’s death was considered unexplained and an autopsy would be carried out.

London firefighters said they were called to the scene just after 7pm and found a number of chemicals suspected of being used in pest control.

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs said: ‘My thoughts and those of TH Councilors are with the family and others in Sutton Street following the chemical incident at Nida House, E1, in which a young girl lost his life, others evacuated with some in hospital. We will support families. A terrible tragedy.

Poplar and Limehouse MP Apsana Begum tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers are with her and her loved ones. I am following up in support of constituents, including all those who have been evacuated and cared for by Tower Hamlets Council.

A Met spokesman said residents of the block had been evacuated from the building as a precaution and were being cared for by local authorities.

They said the chemicals “will be safely removed and an investigation will be carried out to determine how they ended up in the building. Investigations into the circumstances are ongoing.

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