The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said on Tuesday evening it had dispatched firefighters to Westbridge Road, Battersea, as footage shared online showed flames flaking from the top of the block and a plume of dark smoke drifting through the sky.
Fire and rescue services added that an apartment on the 20th floor of the building was set on fire and that a woman, who was assessed for smoke inhalation, left the affected apartment before firefighters arrived. on site.
“The crews were faced with a lot of smoke billowing from the top of a building as they arrived,” said Pete Johnson, an LFB station commander who was at the scene.
“There was also a lot of flames visible, which caused a lot of calls to our screening officers.
“The firefighters are working hard to bring the blaze under control. There are a number of road closures in place. “
A spokesperson for the LFB added that the cause of the fire was not known at this stage but that the blaze had been brought under control by 8:53 p.m.
The service’s 999 screening officers received 18 calls during the incident, with fire crews from Battersea, Fulham, Wandsworth, North Kensington and surrounding fire stations called to the scene.