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Last Updated: Saturday July 04 2009 10:32 GMT

Tragic fire in London tower block

Lakanal House

Six people, including three children, have died in a tragic fire in a tower block in south east London.

Fire fighters are investigating what caused the blaze, but warn it could take months to figure that out. They are still making the building safe.

About 30 people were rescued from the fire at the 12-storey Lakanal House on the Sceaux Gardens Estate, Camberwell.

More than 100 fire fighters tackled the blaze, which is thought to have started in a flat, at 4.20pm on Friday.

It's thought the recent hot weather might have played a part in the fire.

Fire fighters in Lakanal House
More than 100 fire fighters were involved

Because people had their windows open, it's possible burning embers might have drifted through them, allowing the fire to spread.

Alastair Bowden, 31, who lives nearby, said: "It's quite dramatic to see a tower block on fire. It has shocked everyone.

"People don't think there's much of a community in Camberwell but there is. I think it will be felt strongly locally."