Firefighters rescued a man from a flat fire on Rymill Street in North Woolwich.
Part of a four-roomed flat on the ninth floor of the building was damaged by fire. There were no reports of any injuries.
Leading Firefighter Nicholas Matthews, who was at the scene, said: “As we approached the building, firefighters saw smoke coming from the ninth floor.
“Crews quickly gained access and found a small fire in the front room of the flat. Firefighters rescued a man who was in the kitchen of the property and brought him to safety.
“Crews worked incredibly hard to bring the fire under control.”
The Brigade was called at 0131 and the fire was under control by 0229. Five fire engines and around 35 firefighters from East Ham, Plaistow, Barking and Stratford fire stations attended the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Brigade and the Metropolitan Police Service.