Walters House Fire-Huge Credit to the efficiency of the London Fire Brigade
The fire which gutted one of the flats on the first floor of Walters House on the Brandon Estate this afternoon, was extinguished in double quick time by the gallant fire fighters from neighbouring stations within Lambeth and Southwark. It did not seem as if things would work out as they did, when one of the fire engines seemingly took a wrong turn en route to the scene. Alas! they were merely assessing the best route to get to the scene to enable the paramedics and the police to gain access as well.
At one point it seemed the fire brigade would be severely overwhelmed by the sheer ferocity of the flames which were swiftly being fanned by the gusts of wind, that constantly kept diverting the smoke and flames. Nonetheless, the fire fighters stuck to their task really well indeed and had the blaze under control within an hour.
According to reports, the fire brigade received the first of more than 60 calls to their call desk at about 12.31 this afternoon. The first engines arrived on scene within two and a half minutes. By that time loud explosions could be hear emerging from the affected flat. This sent many of the over 100 onlookers diving for cover. It was very scary indeed. The black acrid smoke could be seen miles across London. As at the time of this report, there was still a sizeable emergency services presence around the area which is still cordoned off.
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The great news emerging from the scene is that there were no casualties in the incident.
Story by O.Kays.