Firefighters and sprinklers contain tower block blaze

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

The South London high-rise blaze broke out on the anniversary of Grenfell Tower tragedy.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said around 150 people left the building before the fire brigade arrived and a sprinkler system "suppressed" the fire.

Transport for London said that while firefighters tackled the flames, the A20 Loampit Vale was closed and buses were diverted. People have evacuated to nearby Cormill Gardens. Firefighters from Lee Green, Deptford, New Cross, Forest Hill, Lewisham and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

Most of the balcony and part of a four-roomed flat were damaged by the fire.

However, some residents complained that they had to rely on neighbours to alert them to the danger.

Almost 60 firefighters attended the scene and the cause of the fire was being investigated. Fire is out and everybody is safe, but very concerned there were no alarms going off.

"Once things settle down we need answers on that, and correct it for the future". But thankful for the firefighters who kept this from spreading this morning, and neighbors who banged on each others door since the fire alarm did not sound.

Resident Yusif Ali tweeted: "Fire in #RomaCorte building Lewisham and no fire alarm was set off".

Families and friends who lost loved ones in the Grenfell Tower fire hold portraits of victims as they march in west London at 2300 GMT (midnight local time) on June 14, 2018 to honour the 72 people who died in a fire.

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