Mother and children jumped out of window to escape fire in Elephant and Castle

News Desk (12 May, 2016) Misc

Six fire engines and 35 fire officers were called

9412Photo by Zainab Yousuff

A Mother and two children were seen jumping from their window to escape a fire in a block of flats in Elephant and Castle on Monday night.

Forty-five residents were evacuated after the fire broke out before 10pm at the four-storey block of flats, on the junction between New Kent Road and Meadow Row.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) have confirmed six fire engines and 35 fire officers were called to the flats, owned by the Southwark & London Diocesan Housing Association.

An eyewitness, Zainab Yusuff, 21, said: “I was on a bus to London Bridge at about 10pm when we had to get out because the road was blocked.

“It really was quite scary, there was smoke everywhere.

“First I saw someone banging on the window, then they opened it and you could see smoke from inside.

“Some people had to jump out and I saw two kids hurt themselves.

“I could see the fire had started in the middle of the building and it look like it was spreading over to the right side.

“There was a crowd of people gathering and we were moved on by the fire brigade.”

The LFB later said the blaze damaged the communal stairwell between the second and third floor and part of the roof.

A spokesman for the brigade said: “One man has been rescued and was immediately given oxygen after inhaling smoke.”

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