7.2.17 More than 80 fire fighters were tackling a blaze at a block of flats and offices near to the Shard in central London.


Smoke and flames billowed from the roof of the five-storey building in Southwark on Tuesday 7.2.17

Twelve fire engines and 81 fire fighters were sent to the scene of the blaze in Great Guildford Street shortly before 4pm, London Fire Brigade said.

Dramatic images showed smoke pouring from the roof of the building while emergency services vehicles swarmed the street below.  The fire had broken out inside a third floor flat and was brought under control by 6.30pm, a London Fire Brigade spokesman said. 

Part of the third floor and the fourth floor in the block was alight.  Crews also reported heavy smoke logging on the fourth floor of the building. 

On social media, witnesses described seeing scores of fire fighters and police officers.

Crews from Dowgate, Dockhead, Lambeth, Clapham, Soho, Whitechapel, Old Kent Road, Islington, Shoreditch, Euston, Brixton and Homerton fire stations were in attendance.

Station Manager Mark Reed who was at the scene stated: 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 its spread, they cut away some of the building to ensure that the fire had not smouldered into ceilings and wall voids.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.  Nobody was injured.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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