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Two women die in Deptford tower block blaze

Fire at Marine Tower
Image caption The fire was on the top floor of Marine Tower

Two women have died and another is in hospital after a fire broke out at a block of flats in south London.

Emergency services were called to Marine Tower in Abinger Grove, Deptford, at 1443 GMT.

Up to 50 firefighters tackled the flames on the top floor of the 16-storey building - these are now out.

The London Ambulance Service said two people had died and four others were treated by paramedics, one of whom was taken to hospital.

The London Fire Brigade said six people were rescued from the building and 35 more had been moved out.

Lewisham Council said it was helping to arrange temporary accommodation for them.

An ambulance spokeswoman said: "Our staff treated a total of six patients on scene.

"Three patients were assessed but did not need hospital treatment and one patient - a woman - was taken to Lewisham Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

"Sadly two patients were confirmed dead at the scene despite extensive efforts to resuscitate them."

Investigations ongoing

Seven ambulance crews, 10 fire engines and an air ambulance were among the emergency services sent to the scene.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "The cause of the fire is not known at this early stage and our investigations are continuing."

A spokeswoman for Lewisham Council said: "We are making arrangements for those residents who need to be rehoused as a result of the fire.

"All evacuated residents will have somewhere to stay tonight."

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