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Denmark Hill fire: People leap from windows to escape

Emergency crew at the fire scene Image copyright Mark Hyder
Image caption The fire took four hours to extinguish and 28 people were evacuated from nearby homes

People flung themselves out of first and second floor windows in the dark and climbed down a drainpipe to escape a large fire in south London.

Fire started in a three-storey terraced property converted into flats in Northlands Street, close to King's College Hospital, at about 04:30 GMT.

Two men jumped from the second floor and suffered pelvic, spinal and leg injuries. Another man climbed down a drain pipe from the second floor.

The fire took four hours to extinguish.

Two men and a woman suffered cuts from climbing out of a first floor window and another man escaped from the first floor with burns to his hands and feet, London Fire Brigade said.

Casualties were taken to hospital and the fire was brought under control by 08:50 GMT.

Twenty eight people were evacuated from neighbouring buildings as a precaution.

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