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UPDATED: Fire at Delta Point, West Croydon now under control

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FIREFIGHTERS say a large blaze atop a tower block in East Croydon is now under control.

A large plume of black smoke, coming from the top of Delta Point, on Wellesley Road, was visible across the town centre this lunch time (Friday).

London Fire Brigade (LFB) confirmed the fire, which broke out shortly before 1pm, was under control by 2.15pm.

A spokeswoman for LFB said six engines, from Croydon, Woodside, Norbury and Mitcham, had been sent to the scene and 10 people safely escaped the building before they arrived and there were no casualties.

The 14-storey Delta Point, which doubled as Gotham General hospital in the Batman film Dark Kight Rises, is currently disused but is due to be converted into 348 flats by developers Criterion. Previously it was the home of BT in the borough.

See a gallery of the fire here or watch footage of the fire below:

Rachid Zaueal, who works on top of the Saffron Square tower overlooking the Delta Point roof, said he had seen three workmen on the roof with tools since yesterday.

"There were a lot of flames from out of nowhere but the fire crews came and dealt with it very quickly," he said.

The Advertiser understands work was being carried out to the air conditioning units atop the building.

Trams were suspended between East Croydon and Reeves Corner but are now running again. Wellesley Road was reopened at 3.15pm.

UPDATED: Fire at Delta Point, West Croydon now under control


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