London tower block fire horror – smoke rises over Battersea as residents scramble to fleet

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London tower block fire horror – smoke rises over Battersea as residents scramble to fleet

Vanya Petrovic tweeted horrifying video showing smoking erupting from the block in Battersea, south London. She wrote alongside it: "#WestbridgeRoa

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Vanya Petrovic tweeted horrifying video showing smoking erupting from the block in Battersea, south London. She wrote alongside it: “#WestbridgeRoad London another tower on fire hope people start leaving this building soon!”.

The London Fire Brigade said that 10 fire engines and around 70 firefighters have been called to a fire at a block of flats on Westbridge Road in Battersea.

It  added that a flat on the 20th floor is alight. One woman left the affected flat before the Brigade arrived. She is being assessed for smoke inhalation at the scene.

Station Commander Pete Johnson, who is at the scene, said: “Crews were faced with a lot of smoke issuing from the top of a block of flats on arrival.

“There was also lots of visible flame which has prompted a high number of calls to our Control Officers.

“Firefighters are working hard to bring the fire under control.

“There are a number of road closures in place.”

The Brigade’s 999 Control Officers have taken 18 calls to the blaze.

The Brigade was called at 8pm.

Fire crews from Battersea, Fulham, Wandsworth, North Kensington and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

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