A woman has sadly died in a flat fire on Clarence Avenue in Lambeth.
Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters and officers attended the fire, which damaged half of a flat on the forth floor of a seven storey building. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus found a woman in the flat and she was pronounced dead by London Ambulance Service at the scene.
Three further women were rescued from the building by firefighters using fire escape hood, they were treated by LAS at the scene.
Fire escape hoods provide members of the public with up to 15 minutes protection from four of the main fire gases (carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen chloride and acrolein) and can be worn by conscious or unconscious people. If more than 15 minutes protection is required then another hood can be given to each wearer. They do not provide oxygen but temporarily filter toxic smoke to make breathing easier.
The Brigade were called at 1655 and the fire was under control by 1901. Crews from Brixton, Tooting, Battersea and Clapham fire stations attended the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.