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Wandsworth tower block fire: Man in hospital

  • 12 August 2011
  • From the section London
Linstead Way tower block
Image caption Fire broke out on the ninth floor of the 15-storey tower block

A man is said to be in a critical condition in hospital after a fire broke out in a high-rise block of flats in south London.

The man is suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation as a result of the fire at the 15-storey block in Linstead Way, Wandsworth.

About 150 people were evacuated after a fire began on the ninth floor at about 00:30 BST, the fire service said.

Scotland Yard said the blaze was not linked to the recent disorder.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said. "Police were called by London Ambulance Service to reports of a fire on the ninth floor of a block of flats.

"A man thought to be in his 40s has been taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. He is in a life-threatening condition.

"The block has been evacuated."

More than 25 fire vehicles, including eight engines, attended the fire following a call from a member of the public.

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