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Firefighters are urging Londoners to dispose of cigarettes carefully after a fire at a flat on Bell Green in Sydenham.
The fire started outside a bicycle store room and spread to the wall of a block of flats. Part of a bicycle store room on the ground floor was damaged by fire. Around 80 people were evacuated from the building as a precaution. Two women were treated on scene by London Ambulance Service Crews after suffering from smoke inhalation.
The fire was discovered by a resident who saw smoke outside of their kitchen window and called 999.
The Brigade’s Fire Investigators believe the fire was caused by the unsafe disposal of smoking materials.
The Brigade was called at 1839 and the fire was under control by 2127. Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from Beckenham, Lewisham, Bromley and West Norwood fire stations attended the scene.