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Around 70 firefighters and officers tackled a house fire on Clapham Common South Side last night.
The basement and the third floor were completely damaged by fire as well as a quarter of the ground, first and second floors.
Station Manager Terry Gooding who was at the scene said:
“The alarm was raised by a neighbour who saw smoke and thankfully there was nobody in the house at the time and there were no reports of any injuries. Firefighters worked hard to contain the fire and stop it from spreading.
“It looks as if the fire started in the basement and while the blaze in this part of the house was quickly extinguished the stairs leading from the basement to the other floors were badly damaged making it difficult for crews to get into the building. Crews wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire on the ground, first, second and third floors gaining access to the building via ladders."
Ten fire engines were at the scene from stations including Brixton, Tooting, Clapham and Battersea fire stations.
The Brigade was called at 2005 and the fire was under control at 0234.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.