Fire at tower block in Elmira Street, Lewisham

Fire at tower block in Elmira Street, Lewisham

Almost 60 firefighters and eight fire engines were sent to tackle the blaze on the 12th floor of the block in Elmira Street, Lewisham, at 4.14am.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said around 150 people left the building on Elmira Street, Lewisham, before firefighters arrived and a sprinkler system "suppressed" the fire.

Firefighters from Lee Green, Deptford, New Cross, Forest Hill, Lewisham and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

LFB said it received 16 calls about the blaze, which was under control by 5.23am. Fire is out and everybody is safe, but very concerned there were no alarms going off.

"The Brigade was called at 4.14am".

A third, Yusuf Ali, wrote: "Fire in #RomaCorte building #Lewisham and no fire alarm was set off".

Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire File photo dated 14/06/17 of the fire at Grenfell Tower in west London.The chairman of the public inquiry into the causes of the Grenfell Tower fire will deliver his opening statement in the first public hearing of the contentious probe. The fire claimed the lives of 71 people, while survivors were the lucky ones who managed to navigate their way down smoke-filled stairwells.

Around 180 people were evacuated after a fire broke out in a 20-storey tower block in south London.

It is not yet known if there have been any injuries due to the blaze.

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