UPDATE: Bexley and Bromley firefighters called into action as fires start in Erith and Greenwich
PUBLISHED: 17:04 08 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:14 08 August 2016
More than 170 firefighters have been deployed
Firefighters from across Bexley and Bromley have been called into action this afternoon (Monday) as two fires rage in Erith and Greenwich.
Ten fire engines and 72 firefighters are at a flat fire in High Street, Erith, and are expected to stay at the scene into this evening.
Two flats on the fifth floor have been damaged by the blaze, while one woman has been rescued.
A further 25 people left the building before the Brigade arrived.
Crews from Erith, Bexley, Sidcup, Orpington, Bromley, New Cross, Brixton, Dagenham and Soho were called to blaze just after 1.30pm.
Station manager Nick Harding was at the scene: “Crews were faced with a developing fire when they arrived at the scene and worked really hard to stop it from spreading through the building.
“The roof of the building is covered in solar panels and a number of these have burnt, which is why there was a lot of smoke visible.
“Crews are currently working to dig out the pockets of fire and salvage work is being carried out in the flats below.”
Meanwhile in Greenwich, a blaze at a nightclub near the Blackwall Tunnel has seen more than 100 firefighters on scene.
A safety cordon has been set up outside the Ibiza-style nightclub, Studio 338 as ‘some gas cylinders are involved in the fire’, according to a London Fire Brigade spokesperson.
The spokesperson continued: “A large part of the ground floor of a nightclub and part of its first floor are alight. An industrial warehouse is completely alight.
“A scrap paper processing yard containing a number of outbuildings is also partly alight. Around 40 pallets of paper are also affected by fire.
Station Manager Winston Douglas who is at the scene said:
“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued a man from the nightclub building and he has been taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service suffering from burns This is a large fire and the smoke could be seen from across London, meaning our 999 control officers took over 50 emergency calls.
“Our firefighters are making steady progress but they will be at the scene for the rest of the day, and possibly into the evening so please try and avoid the area if possible.”
“We are advising people living in the area to keep their doors and windows closed as the fire is producing a lot of smoke.”