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Twelve fire engines and 81 firefighters and officers tackled a fire on Great Guildford Street in Southwark earlier this evening.
Part of the third floor and the fourth floor of a five storey block of flats and offices were alight and crews reported heavy smoke logging on the fourth floor of the building. One person left before the arrival of the Brigade and thankfully there were no injuries.
Station Manager Mark Reed who was at the scene said:
“When crews arrived, thick smoke was drifting across the rooftops of Southwark and our control centre received multiple calls about the fire. Crews worked quickly to contain the fire and minimise it’s spread and they will now be cutting away at the building to ensure that the fire is not smouldering in ceiling and wall voids."
Crews from Dowgate, Dockhead, Lambeth, Clapham, Soho, Whitechapel, Old Kent Road, Islington, Shoreditch, Euston, Brixton and Homerton fire stations attended the incident.
The Brigade was called at 1552 and the fire was under control by 1835 but crews will be cutting away and damping down for a number of hours.
The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.