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Fire breaks out at block of flats on anniversary of Grenfell Tower disaster

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Fire breaks out at block of flats on anniversary of Grenfell Tower disaster

A fire broke out at 4.14am in a flat on the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire (Picture: PA)

Eight fire engines have been called to a flat blaze in south London.

Crews were called to a fire on the 13th floor of the 20-storey block in Elmira Street, Lewisham, at 4.14am.

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Nearly 60 firefighters are at the scene and the cause of the fire is not yet known.

Dozens of people could be seen gathered close to the scene where a cordon was set up, some of them believed to be people who live in the block of flats.

Flat fire on Elmira Street, Lewisham (Picture: @tdn2612/Twitter)

The fire appeared to be intense and caused a lot of smoke damage (Picture: @tdn2612/Twitter)

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Crews from Lee Green, Deptford, New Cross, Forest Hill and Lewisham are among those tackling the fire, the London Fire Brigade said.

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Ambulance crews and police are also at the scene of the fire.

Pictures from the scene posted by the London Ambulance Service showed a number of emergency vehicles outside the block.

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Flat fire on Elmira Street, Lewisham (Picture: Tom Warren/Twitter)

People were evacuated from the building in the early hours of this morning as fire crews battled to put out the fire (Picture: Tom Warren/Twitter)

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