Deptford fire: 80 firefighters tackle blaze at flats as smoke seen across London

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  • May 20, 2020
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Around 80 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a block of flats in south-east London.

Plumes of smoke were pictured rising from the tower block in Deptford on Wednesday evening.

The London Fire Brigade tweeted: “Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters have been called to a fire at a block of flats on Childers Street,” the London Fire Brigade tweeted.

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In a later update, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) said around 80 firefighters and 12 fire engines were at the scene.

“Half of a flat on the top floor of a six-storey block and half of the roof are alight”, a statement said.

“The Brigade’s 999 Control Officers have taken 35 calls to the fire. The Brigade was called at 1926”.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown, the statement added.

Station Commander Emma Carr, who is at the scene, said: “Two people left the affected flat and firefighters evacuated the rest of the block as a precaution due to the amount of smoke.

“There are no reports of any injuries at this stage.

“This is a challenging incident due to the fire being in a roof hatch and firefighters are working hard to bring it under control.

“Aerial ladder platforms are being used to tackle the blaze in the roof from height.”

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