Residents evacuated in huge fire drama

AROUND 150 people were evacuated from their homes today after a huge fire broke out at a neighbouring building site.

AROUND 150 people were evacuated from their homes today after a huge fire broke out at a neighbouring building site.

London Fire Brigade said an estimated 125 firefighters were tackling the blaze in Peckham, south-east London, which is covering the size of half a football pitch.

Residents from flats in a series of nearby buildings three to four storeys high and a pub were moved out after fears the fire was spreading to the properties.

No casualties had so far been reported from the blaze, which was reported just before 4.30am.

A spokesman for London Fire Brigade said the building site in Carisbrooke Gardens was alight, with gas cylinders possibly involved.

Twenty-five fire pumps were at the scene, along with officers from the Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service said it had 20 ambulance crews at the scene.

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So far just one person had been taken to hospital needing treatment for smoke inhalation, she said.