Fire crews rescued 16 people after a fire broke out in a flat above a shop on Electric Avenue in Brixton on Saturday.
The fire damaged part of a three room flat on the first floor. Ten people were led to safety from an adjacent flat, a further five people were rescued from the building’s second floor via an internal staircase and one other person was rescued from the roof by fire crews using a ladder.
The Brigade was called at 1217 and the fire was under control by 1307. Two fire engines and around 20 firefighters from Brixton fire station attended the incident.
The fire is believed to have been caused by a discarded cigarette. A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Hundreds of fires in London are started by cigarettes each year. It is very important that smokers take good care and make sure their cigarette is put out properly when smoking at home. Never leave your cigarette unattended as the ash can easily land on a newspaper or anything else that catches fire.”