Kennington fire: 60 London firefighters fight blaze at block of flats – onlookers helpless – Express

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has confirmed it has deployed eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters to a fire in a flat on Otto Street in Kennington. The LFB said the blaze started at a flat on the first floor of the block of flats.


Emergency services were called to the scene shortly after 12.30pm with crews from Lambeth and surrounding areas also deployed. 

Video footage shared by witnesses on social media shows thick black smoke pouring from the high-rise building.

Pictures taken from the ground also shows several residents watching on in horror from outside the tower block.

A fire has broken out in Kennington (Image: Twitter/juancarlito88)

London fire: 60 firefighters have been called to the blaze in Kennington (Image: Twitter/Mark Johnson)

The cause of the fire is unknown and there are currently no reports of any injuries.

In a statement the London Fire Brigade said: “Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters are tackling a flat fire on Otto Street in Kennington.

“The whole of a flat on the first floor is alight. The brigade’s control room has taken 60 999 calls.

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“The brigade was called at 12.31pm.

“Fire crews from Lambeth and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

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

BBC reporter Thomas Mackintosh wrote on Twitter: “Fifteen fire engines dealing with a tower block fire in the Brandon Estate in Kennington.”

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London fire: Firefighters got the fire under control shortly after 1.30pm (Image: LFB )

Several other eye witnesses have shared footage and videos from the scene.  

One user wrote on Twitter: “There’s a fire in a tower block in Kennington, I’m legit horrified.”

Another said: “Lots of sirens and smoke in the distance.”

A third user said: “Tower block on fire in Kennington. Counted about 15-20 fire engines, dozens of marked an unmarked police cars plus several ambulances rushing to the scene.

“Hope everyone is safe.”


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London fire: The blaze started in a first floor flat (Image: LFB)

Just after 1.30pm LFB confirmed the fire was under control and there was no reports of any injuries but extensive damage to the first floor. 

Station Commander Ned Alexander who was at the scene said: “Firefighters have worked exceptionally hard to get this flat fire under control.

“The whole of the first floor flat is damaged by the blaze but crews have prevented in spreading further.

“The Brigade’s Control has took sixty 999 calls in the early stages. There are no reports of any injured.”