Drones used to assess house fire as 20 people evacuated from homes

Drones assessed a house fire in Thornton Heath after 20 people were evacuated from houses on the street early this morning.

Eight fire engines and about 60 firefighters are tackling the blaze in Ingram Road, Thornton Heath.

Part of the roof and second floor of a three-storey mid-terraced house is alight, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) said.

About 20 people from the row of terraced houses have been evacuated by firefighters. There have been no reports of any injuries at this time.

A turntable ladder is being used at the scene as an observation tower (Picture: LFB)

One of the LFB’s 32-metre turntable ladders was used as an observation tower and a drone team provided an aerial view of the incident.

The LFB’s 999 Control Officers received five calls about the fire, the first at around 1am. The fire was brought under control by around 4am.

A spokesman from the LFB said: “Crews from West Norwood, Norbury, Woodside, Croydon and Tooting fire stations remained at the scene throughout the night to extinguish the fire.

“The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.”

Pictured top: Firefighters at the scene of the blaze as smoke billows from the roof of the house (Picture: LFB)

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