A major blaze at a tower block in Deptford has been brought "under control" after the building was fully evacuated with no injuries, London Fire Brigade (LFB) has said.

Around 80 firefighters and 12 fire engines were called to the scene around 7:30pm last night after huge plumes of smoke were seen rising from a block of flats on Childers Street, south east London.

A flat on the top floor of a six-storey block and the roof were alight, leading two people to leave the flat and forcing firefighters to evacuate the rest of the block.

There were no reports of injuries, Station Commander Emma Carr said, and it appears the fire was caused by the unsafe disposal of a barbecue.

Local resident Agnes Agyepong said: "I turned the corner towards Childers Street and saw residents and bystanders standing out on the street.

"When I looked up I saw the top of the block of flats engulfed in flames.

"Thick black smoke was coming out as well.

"Children were witnessing this.

"Ashes were blowing in the street."

"The mood was very sombre... people could not believe that they are on lockdown, and now this has happened on top of everything else."

Station Commander Emma Carr said: "Two people left the affected flat and firefighters evacuated the rest of the block as a precaution due to the amount of smoke.

"This was a challenging incident due to the fire being in a roof hatch and firefighters worked hard to bring it under control.

"Aerial ladder platforms were used to tackle the blaze in the roof from height."

Earlier, plumes of smoke were seen billowing from the tower block.

Firefighters were alerted at 7.26pm after 34 calls were made to the control room, and the fire was under control by around midnight.