Firefighters saved the lives of seven people in a blaze that ripped through a block of flats in Lewisham on Wednesday 15.
Five women, a child and a baby were rescued from the blaze in a four storey block of flats on Campshill Road, Lewisham.
The London Fire Brigade was first alerted to the blaze from a call at 2.29am on Wednesday morning.
Station Manager Ziggy Hurrion, who is based at the Brigade’s headquarters in Southwark and was at the scene said:
“Seven lives were saved due to the quick thinking actions of our staff.”
LFB’s control officers gave life saving advice over the phone to those inside the flats. Hurrion said he couldn’t praise the actions of his staff enough as the incident could have easily ended in tragedy and described his officers as “heroes”.
The LFB battled the fire for over two hours before having it under control by 4.45am.
In addition to those that were rescued, four people, two men and two women, jumped from the first floor building before firefighters arrived at the scene.
Nine people, including the four that jumped, were taken to hospital where they remain in a stable condition. The remaining five were suffering from smoke inhalation.
A further woman and baby were treated at the scene by the London Ambulance Service.
An additional thirty-one were evacuated from the building.
Parts of the ground, first, second and third floors of the building were damaged by the fire.
LFB’s fire investigators are working with the Metropolitan Police to establish how the blaze started.
Detective Sergeant Graham Rickard said: “The fire is being treated as suspicious and we are currently pursuing all lines of enquiry in order to establish how it started. This was a very serious incident, which could have resulted in multiple fatalities. We urge anyone who knows anything about this to please make contact with us.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident that can assist police is asked to call Lewisham CID on 020 8284 8339 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.