Two children and two women have died in a house fire in Bexleyheath.

This is everything we know about the incident so far.

When did the Bexleyheath fire happen?

The London Fire Brigade were called to Bexleyheath at around 8.30pm Thursday night.

Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters attended the incident.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Where did the Bexleyheath fire happen?

Firefighters were called to the Hamilton Road area of Bexleyheath.

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Crews in breathing apparatus rescued two women and two children from the first floor using a nine-metre ladder. All four died at the scene.

A man who left the building before firefighters arrived has been taken to hospital.

Have the victims of the Bexleyheath fire been identified?

James Morford, Bexley borough commander for the London Fire Brigade, has been speaking at the scene.

He would not give the ages of the victims, but described both children as "infants".

He added: "Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of those people.

"My firefighters worked incredibly hard.

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"The fire was dealt with relatively quickly. They practised all the right on-arrival tactics. Everything that was fed back to me was correct.

"Unfortunately the outcome was not the outcome they wanted.

"I came down to visit them last night and they were devastated.

"They were professional, they tried their best, but unfortunately the fire got to the people before we could."

London Fire Brigade statement on Bexleyheath fire

London Fire Commissioner Andy Roe offered his sincere condolences. He said: “This is a truly terrible incident which is both sad and shocking.

“Our thoughts are with the family, friends and local community at this difficult time.”

A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade added: “Half of the ground floor and the whole of the first floor of the house was destroyed by fire.

“The Brigade was called at 8.28pm and the incident was over by 9.45pm. Fire crews from Bexley, Erith, Plumstead, Lee Green and Sidcup fire stations were in attendance.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Bexleyheath fire

Sadiq Khan said: "I am heartbroken to hear that two women and two children tragically lost their lives in a house fire in Bexleyheath last night.

"My heart goes out to their loved ones and the local community at this awful time.

"I remain in close contact with London Fire Brigade who worked tirelessly to put the fire out and are urgently investigating its causes."