Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers dealt with a flat fire on Rodney Road in Walworth last night.
Part of the roof void of a flat in a five storey block was damaged by the fire.
Three people left the affected flat before the arrival of the Brigade. Fire crews assisted four further people from an adjacent flat. London Ambulance Service were also at the scene.
The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental, probably due to a candle left unattended. A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said:
“Candles are one of the most common causes of fire. It’s really important that you never leave a candle unattended and keep them away from curtains and anything else that can easily catch fire.”
“There were no working smoke alarms in the property. Everyone should have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and the safest option is have those linked together. This will give the earliest warning if there is a fire in your home."
The Brigade was called at 2048 and the fire was under control by 2158. Fire crews from Old Kent Road, Beckenham and Lambeth fire stations attended the scene.