Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers were called to a fire in a flat on Goldsmith Road in Peckham. Part of a second floor flat was damaged by the blaze.
Station Manager Laurie Kenny, who was at the scene said:
“Firefighters did an excellent job to get this under control quickly. Around 15 people evacuated from the surrounding flats due to the smoke but thankfully there were no injuries.
“All other residents stayed inside their flats which was much safer than attempting to escape which could have been risky due to the smoke and firefighting equipment. Living in a flat is not more dangerous than living in a house, but it’s important to know what your fire plan is and how you’d escape if a fire did break out.”
The Brigade recently launched a major campaign, called Know the Plan, aimed at improving the awareness of fire safety for the residents of high rise buildings and purpose built blocks and to encourage landlords and housing providers to act on their fire safety responsibilities. It said that living in a flat is not more dangerous than living in a house, but it’s important to know that your fire plan should be different. To find out more visit www.knowtheplan.co.uk
The Brigade was called at 1359 and the fire was under control by 1524. Fire crews from Brixton, Dockhead, Deptford, Peckham and New Cross fire stations attended the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.