Fire crews rescue 14 people from London tower block

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Media captionTen fire engines and 50 firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze

Fourteen people had to be rescued when a fire broke out in a tower block in south-east London.

Up to 50 firefighters were called to Pitman House in Tanners Hill, Deptford, on Monday night.

Crews wearing breathing equipment brought 13 adults and one child out of the building as fire engulfed flats on the seventh and eighth floor.

The blaze at the 15-storey building was brought under control in about four hours and no-one was injured.

Fire investigators

The London Fire Brigade said crews led residents on the seventh, eight and ninth floors to safety as smoke filled the lobby areas.

Up to 60 people from the flats were taken to nearby Goldsmiths College where they spent the night.

A fire brigade spokesman said two flats on the seventh and eight floor had been badly damaged.

Fire officers were due to return to the block to carry out an investigation into the cause of the blaze.

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