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Two women have died in a fire at a house in Plumstead. Five other people needed treatment in hospital after the fire, which broke out just before one o'clock this morning. The cause is being investigated by police and fire officers.
This report is from Carolyn Sim.
Scotland Yard said the families of the women who died have been told and that the cause of the blaze does not appear to be suspicious.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said:
"It is believed that two women died within the building; next of kin are aware.
"At this early stage the fire is not believed to be suspicious and inquiries continue by officers from Greenwich CID and London Fire Brigade."
The five people who were taken to hospital remain in a stable condition, the force said.
London Fire Brigade said three women and two men had left the building before crews arrived, and were taken to hospital.
The fire severely damaged the ground and first floor of the building, and half of the roof.
Two women have died following a fire at a house on Purrett Road, Plumstead in the early hours of this morning. A further three women and two men left the building before fire crews arrived.
They have all been taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.The fire severely damaged the ground and first floor and half of the roof was destroyed by the blaze.
The Brigade was called at just before 1am and the fire was under control by 0255. Six fire engines from Plumstead, Erith, Bexley, and Woolwich fire stations were at the scene with 35 firefighters and officers.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by police and fire investigation officers.