One hundred firefighters rush to blaze in London flat with six people rescued

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Around 100 firefighters have rushed to tackle a fire in a London flat.

Emergency services scrambled to the scene with reports of 15 fire engines in attendance on Great Suffolk Street in Southwark.

Six people are being treated at the scene, reports say 20 people managed to leave the building before officers arrived.

London Fire Brigade tweeted: "15 fire engines and around 100 firefighters have been called to a fire on Great Suffolk Street in #Southwark."

Borough Commander Lee Sandy said: "Firefighters are working hard to bring the fire under control.

"Around 20 people left the building before the Brigade arrived.

"Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus have rescued six people via an internal staircase who are being treated on scene by London Ambulance Service crews."

It is believed the fire started in the basement where a vehicle is set alight.

The brigade received around 29 calls regarding the fire.

Firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving a call at 12:50am on Saturday morning.

According to the London Fire Brigade, crews from Lambeth, Dowgate, Old Kent Road and other local fire stations have arrived at the scene.

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At around 1am, a local tweeted reports of smelling smoke and burning.

The tweet said: " Strong smell of burning and smoke in the atmosphere in the Lambeth North/Waterloo area. Can hear sirens."

Another person tweeted: "Same here unfortunately – I would say v close to Southwark Bridge Post Office."

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