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60 firefighters tackle Welling house blaze after 14 emergency calls from public

PUBLISHED: 10:02 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:02 04 July 2017

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Five people escaped before crews arrived

Nearly 60 firefighters and officers tackled a fire in a house in Welling last night.

Five people left the property, on Edison Road, before crews arrived and two people were treated for smoke inhalation, on July 3.

A passer by spotted smoke and raised the alarm at around 7.38pm and control officers took 14 calls from members of the public reporting the blaze.

Station manager Robert Scrivener, said; “A neighbour saw smoke and flames and as well as calling 999, banged on the door to alert the occupants to the fire who then left the property before the arrival of the firefighters.

“Crews worked quickly to stop the fire from spreading to the property next door and they are also helping to salvage furniture and belongings before they are damaged by the water being used to damp down the property.”

Eight fire engines and an aerial ladder platform from stations including Plumstead, Bexley, Eltham and Erith fire stations were at the scene.

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