The capital’s fire service said a house fire broke out in southeast London in the early hours of this morning. A large number of firefighters gathered to confront the blaze after the roof of the detached house caught fire.
“Fire crews from Orpington, Biggin Hill, Bromley and surrounding stations are at the scene.
“The cause of the fire is not yet known.”
Station Commander Cliff Robinson, who is at the scene, said: “Crews are working very hard to bring this major fire under control, and they are expected to remain at the site for some time.
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Motorists are advised to avoid the area where possible.
The warning comes as commuters across the capital and the country grapple with an ongoing rail strike.
About 40,000 employees from the National Federation of Rail, Marine and Transport Workers (RMT) have shut down the country over concerns about wages and working conditions, including at the Bromley-Kent border.