Sunday 4 December 2016

Man suffers serious burns in nightclub as crews tackle two major fires in London

Georgina Stubb

Published 08/08/2016 | 18:54

Scene of a fire at a new block of flats near to a KFC restaurant on Erith High Street, Bexley, south east London. P/A Photo.
Scene of a fire at a new block of flats near to a KFC restaurant on Erith High Street, Bexley, south east London. P/A Photo.

A man has suffered serious burns and a woman had to be rescued during two major fires in London.

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The incidents in Greenwich and Erith, which happened within hours of each other, saw scores of firefighters dispatched to tackle the flames.

Smoke from both could be seen across the capital on Monday, with images of the plumes shared widely on social media.

Emergency services were called to the first incident in Boord Street, Greenwich, at around 11.43am.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said more than 15 engines and 100 firefighters attended the blaze involving what is understood to be Studio 338 nightclub.

A large part of the ground floor of the club and part of its first floor were burning. An industrial warehouse was also completely ablaze and a scrap paper processing yard was partly alight, with around 40 pallets of paper affected, the LFB said.

Scene of a fire at a new block of flats near to a KFC restaurant on Erith High Street, Bexley, south east London. P/A Photo.
Scene of a fire at a new block of flats near to a KFC restaurant on Erith High Street, Bexley, south east London. P/A Photo.

Station manager Winston Douglas added: "Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued a man from the nightclub building and he has been taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service (LAS) suffering from burns.

"This is a large fire and the smoke could be seen from across London, meaning our 999 control officers took over 50 emergency calls.

"Our firefighters are making steady progress but they will be at the scene for the rest of the day, and possibly into the evening, so please try and avoid the area if possible."

The LFB said a safety cordon was put in place around the scene because of gas cylinders, and advised those living in the area to keep windows and doors closed because of the smoke.

Millennium Way and Boord Street were also closed because of "possible smoke across the carriageway", said Transport for London.

Just under two hours later, at around 1.35pm, crews were scrambled to a block of flats in Erith, with 10 engines and 72 firefighters dispatched.

A spokeswoman for the LFB said firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued a woman from inside the building who was then treated by the LAS. She was checked over at the scene but not taken to hospital.

Part of two flats on the fifth floor, a communal corridor and the roof of the building have been damaged by the fire. More than 25 people left the burning building before firefighters arrived, said the LFB.

Station manager Nick Harding said: "Crews were faced with a developing fire when they arrived at the scene and worked really hard to stop it from spreading through the building.

"The roof of the building is covered in solar panels and a number of these have burnt, which is why there was a lot of smoke visible.

"Crews are currently working to dig out the pockets of fire and salvage work is being carried out in the flats below."

The causes of both fires are yet to be established.

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