The London Fire Brigade said that part of the pub’s loft was alight. Firemen on the scene reported that nine people were able to make it out of the building before the fire brigade arrived and are “thankfully” unharmed.
The cause of the fire is now being investigated.
The fire brigade was called at 7.30am this morning.
Crews from Sidcup, Orpington, Bromley and surrounding fire stations all descended on the scene to fight the inferno.
Orpington High Street was closed off while crews “work to make the scene safe”.
The fire brigade urged people to avoid the area.
Station Commander Chris Brown, who is currently at the scene, said: “Firefighters are tackling the fire internally and are being assisted by an aerial appliance.
“Nine people left the building before the Brigade arrived and are thankfully, all uninjured.
“Crews are continuing to work to bring the fire under control and are carrying out salvage operations.
“Orpington High Street is closed whilst crews work to make the scene safe and we urge people to avoid the area.”
The White Hart pub, pictured as being on fire by the London Fire Brigade, sits on the corner of the High Street and White Hart Road, near to Priory Gardens.
Jambusters reported that the roundabout the pub sits on was blocked in all directions.
One local said they believed that the smoke was coming from one of the rooms in the flats above the pub.
Another tweeted at around 9am that there were “LOTS of Police sirens going off in Orpington this morning – they’ve been constant for the past 30 mins”.
One posted on Facebook: “Hope everyone’s ok”.
The current pub building was constructed in 1913, though there was a pub on the site before that, according to local historians.