Around 80 firefighters are tackling a major blaze at a block of flats in Deptford.

A sixth floor flat and part of the roof of the Childers Street building are alight.

Fire services were called at 7.26pm, dispatching 12 engines from Deptford, New Cross, Greenwich, Old Kent Road, Lewisham and surrounding stations to the scene.

Station Commander Emma Carr, who is at the scene, said: “Two people left the affected flat and firefighters evacuated the rest of the block as a precaution due to the amount of smoke.

“There are no reports of any injuries at this stage.

“This is a challenging incident due to the fire being in a roof hatch and firefighters are working hard to bring it under control.

“Aerial ladder platforms are being used to tackle the blaze in the roof from height.”

While the worst of the flames have been dampened, as of 9.30pm firefighters remained at the scene using water cannons heavily. 

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Firefighters continued to tackle the blaze past 9.30pm

The Brigade's 999 Control Officers have taken 35 calls to the fire. 

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.