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Brixton fire under control: 50 people evacuated from flats

An image of the fire Image copyright @Keymon
Image caption More than 70 firefighters were sent to the scene

Firefighters have brought a large blaze in a block of flats in London under control.

Around 50 people have been evacuated from the 16-storey building in Brixton, and the area has been cordoned off.

A pregnant woman, a man, and a girl were taken to hospital suffering smoke inhalation.

Ten engines and 72 firefighters were sent to the Canterbury Gardens complex after the alarm was raised shortly before 13:30 BST.

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Image caption The fire in Brixton came under control at 14:40 and three people have been taken to hospital

The fire started in the ground floor flat and damaged homes on the first and second floors of the 16-storey block.

Thick black smoke could be seen for miles around, with the brigade receiving 36 calls on the 999 emergency number.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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