Construction site fire spreads to neighbouring homes

Around 150 firefighters have been tackling a large fire

which engulfed the whole of a construction site and quickly spread to neighbouring blocks of maisonettes in Peckham, south London early this morning.

Around 310 people were evacuated from their homes and moved to emergency accommodation as firefighters tackled the fire, which started at around 4.30 am.

There are reports that four people were taken to hospital suffering from minor injuries and smoke inhalation.

A London Fire Brigade spokesman told the “The fire seems to have started on a large building site and has now spread to some nearby maisonettes and a pub. So we are dealing with lots of scenes of fire, which is making tackling it very difficult. It seems to have spread very rapidly.”

A local resident told BBC News that she woke to see a total blaze from the construction site across the road. “There was flying debris all over the place and there were cars ablaze and we were told to get out of the area.”

The cause of the fire is not yet known.