Around 60 firefighters scrambled to blaze on 18th storey of tower block

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A balcony fire is raging on the 18th floor of a tower block in south London.

London Fire Brigade said crews were called to Deacon Street, in Elephant and Castle, just before 11am on Thursday, where a balcony is alight.

Station Commander Dave Hill, who is at the scene, said: "Firefighters are making steady progress at the scene of the fire in Elephant and Castle.

"Road closures are in place and we encourage people to avoid the area."

Frightening images taken from the street show flames blazing on the balcony over half way up the block of flats.

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