Woman questioned after two die in Deptford blaze

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

Police are continuing to question a 49-year-old woman after two women died and four people were injured in a fire at a block of flats in south-east London.

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

Two women, aged 42 and 59, died at the scene. Post-mortem examinations confirmed both died as a result of the fire.

A police spokesman said: "The fire is being treated as suspicious.

"A 49-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the investigation and remains in custody at a south London police station."

Lewisham Council said around 30 people stayed in temporary accommodation on Friday night.

"Most of the residents have been able to return to their properties but 12 families still remain in temporary accommodation while repairs are being carried out," a spokeswoman added.

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

The London Ambulance Service said in addition to the two people who died, 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 got themselves out.

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

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