Building evacuated after fire breaks out in Deptford tower block

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A fire at a south-east London tower block has been brought under control after the building was evacuated.

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The brigade said 12 fire engines and around 80 firefighters were called to the scene on Childers Street, Deptford.

A flat on the top floor of a six-storey block and the roof were on fire, leading two people to leave the flat and forcing firefighters to evacuate the rest of the block.

There were no reports of injuries, Station Commander Emma Carr said.

“Two people left the affected flat and firefighters evacuated the rest of the block as a precaution due to the amount of smoke.

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

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I turned the corner towards Childers Street and saw residents and bystanders standing out on the street. When I looked up I saw the top of the block of flats engulfed in flames. Thick black smoke was coming out as well. Children were witnessing this. Ashes were blowing in the street. The mood was very sombre… people could not believe that they are on lockdown, and now this has happened on top of everything else.

Agnes Agyepong, resident