Pensioner in 70s killed after fire rips through flat

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A man in his 70s has died in a fire at a flat in south London.

A woman was also taken to hospital with smoke inhalation after 35 firefighters rushed to the blaze in Southwark this morning.

Around five fire engines were called when flames erupted in a ground-floor flat, which was left ‘significantly damaged’.

The man was rescued from the building on Brook Drive around 10am.

But he died at the scene, despite the best efforts of paramedics.

The woman, from a neighbouring flat, was treated before being taken to hospital.

The cause of the fire remains unknown and an investigation has been launched. No arrests have been made.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: ‘Fire crews from Old Kent Road, Dockhead, Richmond and Lambeth attended the scene.

‘The fire is being investigated by our Fire Investigation Team and the Metropolitan Police Service.’

A London Ambulance Services spokesperson added: ‘We were called at 9.54am today (12 February) to reports of a fire on Brook Drive, SE11.

‘We sent a number of resources to the scene, including an ambulance crew, an incident response officer, and members of our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART).

‘Sadly, one person died. We treated another person at the scene for smoke inhalation and took them to hospital.’

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Emergency services were called shortly before 10am on Sunday, 12 February, to a fire at a flat in Brook Drive, SE11.

‘Officers attended along with colleagues from London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service. A man, aged in his 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

‘Enquiries are underway to establish the cause of the fire. There has been no arrest.’

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