Seven people injured in Camberwell house fire

Sunday, March 6th, 2016 - London Fire Brigade

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters battled a blaze that ripped through three floors of a terraced house on Northland Streets in Camberwell, on 28 February 2016.

London Fire Brigade firefighters arriving on the scene discovered that the ground and second floor were already alight.

Seven people suffered a range of injuries while trying to escape the property when they found their escape route blocked by fire. They were treated on site by Brigade crews and London Ambulance Service, and then transported to the hospital. A further 28 people who were evacuated from nearby properties as a precaution, were subsequently allowed to returned home.

According to London Fire Brigade, the ground and second floor were almost entirely damaged by fire, and the first floor and roof suffered severe damage as well.

The property was fitted with smoke alarm and emergency lighting, but following the incident there were no reports that the alarm sounded. A spokesperson for the Fire Brigade said:

There were no working smoke alarms in the property. Everyone should have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and the safest option is have those linked together. This will give the earliest warning if there is a fire in your home.

The Brigade was called at 04.25 am on 28 February and the fire was under control by 08.49 am. Fire engines from Brixton, Old Kent Road, Peckham, Deptford, Newcross, Forest Hill, West Norwood, Norbury and Lambeth were on the scene.

We understand that Police are investigating the cause of the fire.