Firefighters tackle blaze in block of flats in Elephant and Castle

Dozens of firefighters and eight fire engines tackle blaze on 18th floor of south London high rise tower block

  • Dozens of firefighters tackled blaze on 18th floor of block of flats in London
  • London Fire Brigade called to fire in Deacon Street in Elephant and Castle  
  • Eight fire engines and 60 firefighters are at the scene, where a balcony is alight

Dozens of firefighters rushed to tackle a blaze on the 18th floor of a block of flats in south London today.

London Fire Brigade said crews were called to blaze in Deacon Street in Elephant and Castle just before 11am. 

Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters are at the scene, where a balcony is alight.

Dozens of firefighters rushed to tackle a blaze on the 18th floor of a block of flats in south London today 

London Fire Brigade said crews were called to blaze in Deacon Street in Elephant and Castle just before 11am on Thursday

Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters are at the scene, where a balcony is alight

In an update at 12.25pm the brigade said the fire had been brought under control. 

Fire crews from Lambeth, Dockhead, Dowgate, Brixton and surrounding fire stations have attended. 

The cause of the fire is not yet known. 

Station Commander Dave Hill, who is at the scene, said: ‘Firefighters are making steady progress at the scene of the fire in Elephant and Castle.

‘A road closure is in place and there is heavy congestion.

‘Crews evacuated residents on three floors of the building who were affected by the smoke. There are currently no reports of any injuries. 

Fire crews from Lambeth, Dockhead, Dowgate, Brixton and surrounding fire stations have attended

Eyewitnesses have shared photos and videos of smoke billowing out from the building

‘The brigade’s drone team assisted by providing an aerial view of the incident. We encourage people to avoid the area.’ 

Eyewitnesses have shared photos and videos of smoke billowing out from the building. 

A video posted on social media showed flames and black smoke coming from a corner balcony of the block of flats.

Jerome Wise, who filmed the video, said: ‘Yo prayers, prayers man. This is mad.’

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