Wednesday 5 June 2013 9.17am
Firefighters were called to a fire in flats above a shop on Union Street
in Southwark during the early hours of this morning.
Station Manager Mark Blomfield who was at the scene said: “The staircase of the building was alight and smoke from the fire was badly affecting the flats above the shop. Crews worked hard to quickly bring the fire under control and to stop it from spreading any further.”
As well as the staircase, the fire damaged a small part of the building’s basement, ground floor and first floor.
The Brigade was called at 0452 and the fire was under control by 0640. Six fire engines, 35 firefighters and officers from Southwark, Dowgate, Lambeth, Old Kent Road
fire stations attended the incident.
One woman used a sheet to lower herself from a second floor window before the Brigade arrived and she was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service
suffering a leg injury. A further man and woman lowered themselves to the ground from the first floor before firefighters arrived on the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Brigade’s fire investigators and the Metropolitan Police.