Lewisham fire: 60 firefighters tackle blaze in 20-storey apartment building in south London

LONDON: The blaze, in a flat on the 12th floor of the 20-storey building in Lewisham in south London, started early on Thursday, at about 04:00 BST.

Dramatic images from the scene showed flames rising from windows of the block, in Elmira Street, as smoke billows into the sky.

Nearly 60 firefighters and eight fire engines were sent to the scene in Elmira Street, near Prendergast Vale school, the London Fire Brigade said.

Around 150 people left the building in Elmira Street as eight fire engines were called to the fire on the 13th floor of the block at 4.15am.

Almost two hours later, the London Fire Brigade said the blaze, which had broken out on the balcony of the flat, was under control.

The London Fire Brigade said a sprinkler system was activated and suppressed the fire. The Brigade’s 999 Control Officers took 16 calls to the fire. The cause of the fire was being investigated.

Pictures from the scene posted by the London Ambulance Service showed a number of emergency vehicles outside the block.

Woken up by the sound of London Fire Brigade trucks“, said one witness on Twitter. “There is a nasty fire in a new build, Roma Corte, in #Lewisham. People have evacuated to nearby Cormill Gardens. Get out if you haven’t. Hope everyone is safe!”

The A20 Loampit Vale was closed between Jerrard St and Molesworth St as they tackled the fire.

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