Fire breaks out in Kingston tower block

Up to 100 firefighters tackled a blaze at a block of flats in south-west London.

The fire took hold in the top four floors and the roof of the 15-storey Madingley block on the Cambridge Estate in Kingston upon Thames.

The fire started at about 1645 BST and 20 fire engines were sent to the scene.

The block of 60 flats, housing up to 150 people, was evacuated and residents were spending the night with relatives or in temporary accommodation.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said a search of the building had been carried out and no-one was found.

A further four nearby blocks - which house about 250 people - were also evacuated for safety reasons.

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames said Madingley had 60 flats and all its residents - about 150 people - had left the block.

A spokesperson said no-one had been left inside.

Residents were taken to the nearby Piper community hall and found temporary accommodation if necessary.

Namrata Kulkarni, who lives nearby, said: "There was a lot of smoke and flames.

"It was frightening and really horrible to see. I just hope everyone is out."

A spokesman for the LFB said: "The cause of the fire will be investigated as soon as it is safe to do so."

He added the blaze was brought under control at 2045 BST.

A spokesman for London Ambulance Service said: "We sent two members of staff in cars, two ambulances, and a duty manager.

"They are standing by, but as yet, we haven't treated any patients."

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