A woman was rescued from a house fire in Peckham on Easter Monday.
Firefighters saved the woman from a bedroom on the first floor, and also led a man to safety from inside the property in Nutbrook Street.
London Fire Brigade arrived at the scene at 4.11am and had the blaze under control an hour later with help from three engines and fifteen firefighters who scrambled from Peckham, New Cross and Old Kent Road.
The cause is now under investigation, but station commander Mark Edwards said clutter inside the building made the task at hand particularly difficult for the rescuing team.
“There were a lot of possessions and clutter inside the flat which made it challenging for firefighters,” he said.
“Hoarding means exit routes can become blocked, making safe evacuation more difficult.
“Fires can also spread much faster, especially when there are flammable items such as newspapers or cardboard.”