Ver 100 firefighters were called to flames in south-east London, firefighters confirmed.
Twenty fire trucks and 120 firefighters battled Tuesday afternoon with a fire on the roof of an apartment building on Creek Road, Deptford.
The London Fire Brigade said they were called in at. 13.03, while videos have shown large smoke flags that are broadcast from the building at. 16.15.
From 10.30pm, a spokesman for the Brigade told Standard that six fire trucks and 30 firefighters were still at the scene. Firefighters were expected to be on the scene all night and into the morning, the spokesman said.
The cause of the fire is still unknown and there are no reports of injuries yet.
About 13 people evacuated the building before firefighters arrived to tackle the fire.
Station Chief Ian Smith, who is at the scene, said Tuesday afternoon: “This is an intense fire located in the roof of the building and the fire department is working hard under challenging conditions.
“We have increased the number of fire trucks due to the need for more firefighters in respirators.
“There is a lot of smoke from the incident and we will ask local residents to close their doors and windows.”
In a tweet shortly after noon.
“Please close your doors and windows if you live in the local area,” it added.
Michael Rudling, a resident of the building, told Standard he was greeted with “thick black smoke” when he returned from work experience to see the extent of the fire.
While his own apartment remains on the second floor, he said officials informed him that the top floor had been damaged due to the fire.
He added: “People were relatively calm, but it was typically London annoyance. People were not aware that the firefighters were working hard and they had to work hard to keep the barricades in place.”