A fundraiser has been set up to support residents of a Deptford flat-block which was "engulfed" by fire yesterday.

Twelve engines were called to the building on Childers Road at 7.26pm, which was evacuated as around 80 firefighters tackled flames on the sixth floor and roof.

Leaders of the 2nd Deptford Scouts, based opposite, have launched a gofundme page to provide essentials for the victims, none of whom were injured.

Read more: Deptford tower-block blaze brought under control

The gofundme, started by Charleen Baxter, reads: "There was a fire in a building on Childers Street Deptford, not sure of cause yet but lots of residents had to leave in their pj's and slippers.

"They need clothes, phone chargers, and a little help right now, later on they will need help with restoring their homes.

"If you are able to help please donate."

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Flames were seen coming from the roof

While some residents have been able to return to their neighbouring properties, others will have to wait until the structure is inspected as a safety precaution.

Fire investigators believe the incident was caused by a barbecue which was disposed of in a plastic bag and left on the balcony.

Station Commander Emma Carr, who was 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.

"This was a challenging incident due to the fire being in a roof hatch and firefighters worked hard to bring it under control.

"Aerial ladder platforms were used to tackle the blaze in the roof from height."

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Smoke billowed from the building

Emergency drone operators attended, providing aerial footage to aid firefighters on the ground.

Earlier, plumes of smoke were seen billowing from the tower block.

Local resident Agnes Agyepong said: "I turned the corner towards Childers Street and saw residents and bystanders standing out on the street.

"When I looked up I saw the top of the block of flats engulfed in flames.

"Thick black smoke was coming out as well.

"Children were witnessing this.

"Ashes were blowing in the street."

Ms Agyepong said: "The mood was very sombre... people could not believe that they are on lockdown, and now this has happened on top of everything else."

Scout Leaders are accepting donations for affected families tonight at the Scout Hall on Childers Street from, 8pm-9pm.

To donate to the gofundme, click here