A “well developed and intense” fire has destroyed a four-storey block of flats in southwest London.
Twenty engines and 125 firefighters were sent to the scene in Sherbrooke Way, Worcester Park, after the fire broke out in the early hours of Monday morning.
“The whole of the four storey building is alight”, London Fire Brigade (LFB) tweeted after arriving at the scene.
Resident Stephen Nobrega said the blaze “started ripping through, going from apartment to apartment, right to left” within 20 minutes.
Shortly before 7am, LFB said the fire was “now under control but firefighters will remain at the scene throughout the day”.
Group Manager Rick Ogden said that “on arrival, crews were faced with a well developed and intense fire”.
He added that it was a “challenging fire involving all floors of a four storey building”.
There are no reports of any injuries, and the cause of the fire is being investigated, Mr Ogden said.
Mr Nobrega, a father of three, said he was “woken up by my missus at about 1.20am, screaming and shouting: ‘Fire! Fire!'”
He added: “I heard a lot of residents outside and by that point somebody was already banging on my window and pressing my buzzer, so I knew it was quite serious.
“I got out of bed, got what you see me wearing on, got the kids with something on and managed to get us all out safely, which is the main thing.”
He said he and his family had “lost everything”, ranging from clothes to “sentimental stuff which you’ll never get back”, including “photos of the kids on family holidays”.
Mr Nobrega, who was in the process of selling his property, praised the fire service.
“Fair play to them, I’ve never seen so many fire engines turn up,” he said.
“It’s taken them all night to bring it under control, but, to see it at its full rage, it’s a job and a half. I take my hat off to them.”
The fire service said 999 control officers had received 29 calls about the blaze.
“No injuries reported but we remain on scene as a precaution,” the ambulance service tweeted.