Alarm failure in London flats fire exactly one year after Grenfell tragedy

The fire broke out at the Roma Corte complex in Lewisham, south east London.
The fire broke out at the Roma Corte complex in Lewisham, south east London. Photo credit: Twitter / Lunacyfer

Residents of a 20-storey apartment block in London say no fire alarm went off when a blaze broke out overnight, a year to the day after the Grenfell tragedy.

Tenants say they woke up to their neighbours' screaming just after 4:15am (local time).

Since the alarm didn't sound, around 150 people had already evacuated by the time emergency service arrived at the scene.

After 16 calls from residents and witnesses, eight fire trucks and almost 60 firefighters rushed to the Roma Corte complex in Lewisham, south east London, where a sprinkler system had partly suppressed the fire.

The fire brigade had the blaze under control by 5:23am (local time).

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The incident occurred exactly one year after London's Grenfell Tower inferno that killed 72 people. 

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