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Fire breaks out at top of 17-storey tower block as 80 firefighters rush to scene

A FIRE has broken out at the top of a 17-storey tower block.

Around 80 firefighters and a dozen engines have attended the flat blaze.

A 17-floor apartment block is on fire

A 17-floor apartment block is on fireCredit: Twitter
The fire is said to be on the 15th floor

The fire is said to be on the 15th floorCredit: Twitter

Half of a five-room flat on the 15th floor of the block is alight and part of the roof is also on fire in Bromley, South London.

Black smoke can be seen billowing over the area as flames shoot from the top of the high-rise building.

No injuries have been confirmed and it is not clear how the fire erupted.

Niki Herring, 46, who works in digital marketing, spotted the smoke from her home more than a mile away in Shortlands.

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She said: “I looked out the window and could see the fire from here. 

“It was particularly shocking with recent tragedies like Grenfell in mind.

“I just hope everyone got out okay. You would hope it would have good safety procedures being a new build.

“We could see firefighters spraying their jets up from within the building to get it under control. Their bravery is incredible.”

The block is believed to be relatively new and has a cinema and restaurants below in St Mark’s Square.

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Ambulance crews and the Met Police confirmed they are at the scene.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 12:18pm today to reports of a fire at a building in Bromley.

“We have sent an ambulance crew, an incident response officer and members of our Hazardous Area Response Team. 

“The incident is ongoing and we are working with our emergency service colleagues.” 

A spokesperson for the Met Police said: “Officers are assisting the London Fire Brigade at the scene of a fire at a residential property in St Marks Square, Bromley. Road closures are in place.”

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The Fire Brigade’s 999 Control centre received 88 calls alerting them to the blaze.

Fire crews have come from Bromley, Beckenham, Addington, Woodside, Lewisham, Forest Hill, Sidcup and Croydon and surrounding fire stations.

Black smoke billows across Bromley after the fire broke out

Black smoke billows across Bromley after the fire broke outCredit: Twitter
Flames could be seen leaping from the roof

Flames could be seen leaping from the roofCredit: Twitter
Fire crews are on the scene

Fire crews are on the sceneCredit: PA