Fire breaks out at Tooting building in Mitcham Road

Fire breaks out at Tooting construction site

The blaze broke out at just after 5am.

Fire breaks out at Tooting construction site

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A block of flats just one month from construction completion have been wrecked in a fire which started in the early hours of this morning.

The flats, formerly a cafe on Mitcham Road, Tooting, were being built by developers South Park Residential Homes.

More than 20 fire officers from stations including Wimbledon, Tooting and Mitcham used six fire engines and an aerial unit to fight the blaze since 5.19am.

VIDEO: Firefighters put out the fire

Lee Sandy, station manager at Lambeth, said the fire had now been put out, but teams were in the wreckage locating smaller isolated pockets of flame and damping down.

He added the building was empty at the time and there had been no injuries.

Vijay Patel, director of the company, who brought the building 18 months ago, was informed about the blaze at about 5.30am.

He said: "I am gutted and shocked. Shocked is the word. 

It was so close to completion. I was looking at it on the way home last night really happy.

"Now we will have to start again."

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This Is Local London: An aerial unit was used to help tackle the blaze

Mitcham Road is closed as officers make the scene safe

Buses using the road are on diversion including routes 44, 57, 77, 127, 264, 270, 280, 333, 355 and G1.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

An aerial unit was used to help tackle the blaze

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7:57am Tue 15 Apr 14

puzzled says...

Surely you mean Mitcham road
Surely you mean Mitcham road puzzled
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