London: Fire breaks out in Elephant and Castle tower block

Flames and smoke have been seen on the 18th floor of a London tower block which caught fire this morning.

The blaze started on Thursday morning (Picture: Jerome Wise; @liamdmjack)

A fire has broken out on the 18th floor of a London tower block this morning.

Around 60 firefighters have been called to the blaze on Deacon Street in Elephant and Castle. 

The London Fire Brigade said a balcony is alight. Flames and smoke have been seen coming out from the building.

Station commander Dave Hill said from the scene: ‘Firefighters are making steady progress at the scene of the fire in Elephant and Castle. 

‘Road closures are in place and there is heavy congestion.

‘We encourage people to avoid the area.’

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