There were six engines (from Greenwich, Forest Hill, Lewisham and Old Kent Road) dealing with the blaze – but strangely, most of the time only one hose was trained on the fire, which is reported to have been brought under control by around 4pm. The road remains closed this evening.
Also, how long does it take to put out a fire in a narrow town house with six fire engines.
Plus: who owns the building? Is it the same owner as next door who already had a fire earlier this year and lost their upper floor and roof?