Seven people escape as flats destroyed by three-hour night fire in Catford

Sangley Road, Catford
Sangley Road, Catford

Seven people escaped a fire which broke out in two flats above a shop in Catford.

It happened in Sangley Road just after 1am yesterday.

Three fire engines and around 15 firefighters tackled the blaze.

A pile of rubbish at the rear of the building caught alight which then spread to the roof of one of the flats.

A small part of a roof, the guttering, and the fascia of the flats was destroyed by the blaze.

Seven people left the flats before the arrival of the brigade.

No injuries were reported following the incident.

The fire was under control just after 4am.

Fire crews from Lewisham, Forest Hill, and Lee Green fire stations were called.

The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental and due to the unsafe disposal of smoking materials.

A spokesperson for London Fire Brigade said: "Three fire engines and around 15 firefighters were called to a fire at flats above a shop on Sangley Road in Catford.

"A pile of rubbish at the rear of the building had caught alight and set the roof of a flat alight.

"A small part of the roof, as well as guttering and flats fascia were destroyed by the blaze.

"Seven residents evacuated two flats before the Brigade arrived. No injuries are reported.

"The Brigade was called at 1.02am and the incident was over by 4.02am.

"Fire crews from Lewisham, Forest Hill and Lee Green fire stations were in attendance.

"The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental and due to the unsafe disposal of smoking materials."

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