London Fire Brigade has sent 60 fire fighters and eight trucks out to Deacon Street in Elephant and Castle after a fire broke out on one of the balconies of a high rise
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Dozens of fire fighters battled a blaze on a balcony in a London high rise.
Video from the scene shows flames roaring out of the building from the eighteenth floor in Elephant and Castle, with smoke flowing out of another window.
London Fire Brigade were called to the scene at 10.58am and the blaze continued to rage an hour later.
By 12.15pm the fire had been out out, the brigade announced a short while after.
Eight fire engines and 60 fire fighters were called to the scene but had been held up by heavy congestion in the area.
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Station Commander Dave Hill, who is at the scene, said shortly after noon: “Firefighters are making steady progress at the scene of the fire in Elephant and Castle.
“Road closures are in place and we encourage people to avoid the area.”
Fire crews from Lambeth, Dockhead, Dowgate, Brixton and surrounding fire stations are at the scene, LFB said.
Valeria Monterosso, 22, who lives in the block of flats, said she was at her friend’s home nearby when the blaze broke out.
She said: “I heard ambulances and went outside because I thought I should check on my dog, Marcello.
“I walked over and saw about 15 trucks and thought, ‘oh my God’.
“I saw smoke coming out of it and was just concerned if everyone was OK. I’ve asked and they’ve (the emergency services) told me everyone is fine.
“My dog is still inside and I’m worried about him, but the police have told me it’s going to be a few hours until they let us back in.”
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The fire brigade had deployed extendable ladders in an attempt to reach the eighteenth floor and control the blaze.
An onlooker said they saw the building being evacuated ‘floor by floor’ above the 18th floor.
The blaze had broken out roughly two thirds of the way up the building.
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