Dozens of firefighters are battling a blaze which has engulfed a café in south-east London. 

Around 70 firefighters and ten appliances have been sent to the scene of the inferno in Walworth, and have rescued one woman from a roof.  

According to the London Fire Brigade, the ground floor, basement and first floor of the building are alight. 

Pictures and video from the scene show thick black smoke engulfing the road around the café as emergency services get the blaze under control.   

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued one woman from a flat roof using a short extension ladder. 

She was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service crews.

Station Manager Pete Cox, who was at the scene, said: ‘When crews arrived they were faced with a lot of thick, black smoke.

‘Firefighters worked hard to bring the fire under control.

‘Walworth Road remains closed and the surrounding roads are very busy with traffic, so we would advise drivers to avoid the area if possible.’

The Brigade was called at 7.42am and the fire was under control by 9.45am, but crews will remain on scene throughout the morning damping down. 

Fire crews from Old Kent Road, Lambeth, Peckham, Dowgate, and surrounding fire stations are at the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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