Massive fire sends smoke across London as 60 firefighters battle blaze

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Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters are battling a "massive blaze" in South East London.

London Fire Brigade tweeted: "Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters are attending a fire in Randlesdown Road #Bellingham. Please follow @LondonFire for more information when we have it."

Footage and pictures from the scene, in Bellingham, South East London, show a thick plume of black smoke rising into the blue skies.

"Massive fire in #Bellingham #Catford," one witness wrote on Twitter alongside a video of the scene.

In his clip, shot from his stationary vehicle, the smoke can be seen billowing quickly into the sky.

He wrote that the fire was taking place near Bellingham train station, Lewisham. Bellingham train station is on Randlesdown Road, but the fire service told the Daily Star that they didn't know, at the time of writing, where exactly the fire was.

They said they were called at 17:09 and received 44 calls from concerned residents before that point.

Witness Emma Shaw said: "I can see it from Blythe hill park too. Lots of smoke. Hopefully not as bad as it looks."

Thameslink have stated that no services can currently call at Bellingham station "due to a fire near Railway property".

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The news comes after 120 firefighters battled a blaze in Deptford, also in South East London, yesterday after the roof of a block of flats "ignited," causing more than a dozen people to flee the burning building.

Video verified by the PA news agency shows smoke billowing from the roof of the building as fire crews fight the blaze on Creek Road.

Residents said building work was taking place on the block of flats at the time, with scaffolding visible around the walls.

Leoni, 18, who lives nearby, said the incident was "really scary", adding: "Firefighters were up there on the ladder trying to get the fire out and the flames got higher than them at one point. They all had to move back in order to stay safe."

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