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Investigation after blaze at London flats

A four-storey block of flats went up in flames this morning in Worcester Park, south-west London.

Twenty fire engines and around 125 firefighters were sent to the scene in Sherbrooke Way, which is part of a development called the Hamptons, built by Berkeley Group subsidiary St James.

Despite the scale of the 1.30am blaze, no one has been reported injured.

London Fire Brigade group manager Rick Ogden said: “This was a challenging fire involving all floors of a four-storey building. Firefighters worked hard to bring the blaze under control.

“Firefighters will remain on the scene throughout the day. We would urge people to avoid the area if possible and for residents in the immediate area to keep their windows and doors closed.”

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

The development was built between 2001-2012. Its buildings feature timber cladding, which architects JTP said would create “a veranda living culture”.

It is based on a distinctive New England style architecture.

A Berkeley Group spokeswoman said: “The property was constructed a decade ago, in full compliance with all fire regulations. We will support the London Fire Brigade in their investigation into what happened. In the meantime, our priority is to make sure residents are properly looked after.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “My sympathies are with local residents who have lost their homes in a major fire in Worcester Park.

“I’m in close contact with the [fire commissioner] and want to pay tribute to the hard work of our firefighters working in incredibly tough conditions to bring the fire under control.”

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