Two were taken to hospital following the fire as residents gathered on an outdoor balcony whilst they awaited rescue from the fire service
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12 people have been rescued from a flat fire, including a mother and her baby, after a blaze broke out this morning (June 12). Multiple rescues were needed after people had to wait for the fire brigade on a balcony whilst a whole floor was "destroyed" by the flames. The fire was in a flat on Dray Gardens in Brixton at around 8.10am, two people were taken to hospital and the fire was under control by 9.27am.
A communal area on the second floor of the residential block was destroyed by the fire. A nine metre ladder was used and helped rescue a mother and her baby from the balcony area of the second floor. A further eight women and two men were led to safety by crews wearing breathing apparatus via an internal staircase.
All those rescued were assessed on scene by London Ambulance Service crews and two men and one woman were taken to hospital. Seventeen calls came in to report the fire and whilst fire engines were on the way the residents were told how to protect themselves by officers on the phone.
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Fire crews from Brixton, Clapham, West Norwood, Peckham and Battersea fire stations attended the scene. Station Commander Paul Eastland, who was at the scene, said: “Firefighters worked incredibly hard to bring the fire under control and used various methods to rescue people from the building, leading people to safety internally as well as using ladders.
“The fire was located in a communal area and closed fire doors prevented the fire from spreading into the flats. It’s always a good idea to shut internal doors in the event of a fire this can prevent further damage and limit smoke spread.
“There were road closures in place and buses were on diversion whilst crews worked to make the scene safe.”
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
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