Massive block fire in Deptford saw 100 evacuated but ‘no injuries’

Kevin Quinn (21 May, 2020)

Two people left the affected flat before the brigade arrived


Eighty firefighters spent nearly three hours tackling a fire in a block of flats in Deptford yesterday evening (Thursday, May 21) but thankfully the brigade reported no injuries.

Twelve fire engines  were called to a block of flats on Childers Street in Deptford at 7.26pm, where half of a flat on the fifth floor of a six-storey block and most of the roof were damaged by fire.

The brigade said that part of the roof of an adjacent block of flats was also damaged by the blaze and around 100 people were evacuated.

Two people left the affected flat before the brigade arrived and a  fire spokesperson said there were no reports of any injuries.

Station Commander Emma Carr, who was at the scene, 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.

“Aerial ladder platforms were used to tackle the blaze in the roof from height.”

The Brigade’s 999 Control Officers took 35 calls and the fire was under control by just after midnight.

Fire crews from Deptford, New Cross, Greenwich, Old Kent Road, Lewisham and surrounding fire stations were at the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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