Seventy two firefighters and ten fire engines, as well as police and ambulance staff were called to a flat fire on Rush Common early this evening.
The fire badly damaged a second floor flat and the fire spread to the balconies of the floors above.
London Fire Brigade said: “When firefighters arrived the fire was fully developed and very visible. The initial fire crews worked incredibly hard to fight the fire quickly and limit the damage internally. Thankfully there are no reports of any injuries.”
The Brigade was called at 1831 and the fire was under control by 1936. Fire crews from Brixton, Lambeth and surrounding fire stations were at the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Brixton Hill was closed with traffic diverted along Brixton Water Lane.
Police and fire service investigators are already working on what caused the blaze.
The St Matthew’s Estate social club provided tea and soft drinks for families who had been evacuated from their homes and the club acted as a communications hub for housing officers and firefighters. Hall staff stayed at the club until 1am with residents wanting to be rehoused.
One resident of Garland House told the Blog that the family who lived in the flat moved in about six months ago and that complaints about their behaviour had not led to action by the landlords, the Notting Hill Housing Trust.
omg it was scary watching it happen
Really disappointed in Brixton blog thought it was true facts till I saw comment about st Matthews tenants hall life as normal, there were people that worked there making teas, coders and soft drinks for all the people and families that had been evacuated and list their homes helping and supporting these poor people as well as being the commucating place for the housing officers and firefighters who done such a wonderful job above their normal duties, also food was laid on by the hall so please don’t be like all other reporters and get things wrong , the hall staff stayed till 1am in morning with residents wanting to be rehoused
Thanks Lisa. Have now corrected the story and caption.
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