Housing association's flats destroyed in fire

A large fire has devastated a block of flats owned by housing association Metropolitan Thames Valley.

The blaze at Worcester Park in South-West London was reported at 1.30am this morning and has reportedly completely destroyed the four-storey, timber-frame block.

Fortunately, there are no reports of any casualties so far.

A statement on MTV’s website reads: ‘We are aware of the fire at Worcester Park and we’re supporting emergency services on the ground.

‘Our priority is ensuring that residents are safe and are receiving the support they need.’

The fire took five hours to get under control and was attended by 125 firefighters, while the building’s residents were taken to a nearby community centre.

Dean Fowler, who lives on the block’s top floor, told the BBC he was woken in the night by banging on his door. He said: ‘I then heard someone screaming “there's a fire, get out”, and I just got my boys and went.’

The block, which features a number of Shared Ownership flats, containes 23 flats and is based in a development called The Hamptons, a complex made up of social and private housing which was built on a former sewage treatment works.

London Fire Brigade's Group Manager, Rick Ogden, said: 'We would urge people to avoid the area if possible and for residents in the immediate area to keep their windows and doors closed.'