Around 40 people were evacuated after a fire broke out in a block of flats in Chestnut Grove New Malden yesterday evening.
Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters were called to the blaze which left part of the building’s roof damaged.
Crew Manager Ray Foster from Surbiton Green Watch who was at the scene said:
"When we turned up, 100 metres of the road either side of the home was heavily smoke logged by a serious fire in the roof.”
"We quickly evacuated the remaining residents and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus went upstairs to the third floor.”
"After knocking the fire out around the loft access they climbed the ladder to the top to best attack the fire, where they remained despite tiles and flaming debris falling on them.”
"The crews really did a fantastic job and if it wasn’t for their courage and professionalism we would have lost the entire roof.”
The Brigade was called at 2032 and the fire was under control by 2144.
Fire crews from New Malden, Kingston and Surbiton fire stations were at the scene.
The cause of the fire is now under investigation.