A man is fighting for his life in hospital following a huge fire on Greenwich Peninsula.
The man in his 20s is in a critically condition after being badly burned in the blaze which tore through nightclub Studio 338 and surrounding buildings.
Cordons remain in place and an investigation has been launched in to the fire which saw 100 firefighters and 15 fire engines called in to battle the flames in Boord Street just before midday on Monday, August 8.
They rescued the man from a burning building and he was rushed to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
Firefighters are still at the scene trying to put out the last of the flames which raged through an industrial warehouse and scrap paper processing plant.
London Fire Brigade group manager Mark Hazelton said: “Crews will remain at the scene throughout this morning damping down the nightclub from outside the building as it is too structurally unsafe for our firefighters to enter. We are also dealing with remaining deep seated pockets of fire on the paper processing site.”
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A family was saved from the fire by a hero builder, including a young girl trapped on top of the 3,000-capacity superclub.
Joe Linyard, 19, told The Standard: “There was a bit of smoke and then all of a sudden there was thick black smoke and you could start to see the flames appear.
“The family appeared on the roof and started chucking down loads of bags of their belongings.
“They were all shouting for help and the builder ran and put up his ladder. He climbed to the top and grabbed the girl, who can’t have been more than five years old.
“He took her down then helped everyone else. The fire was getting more fierce all the time. He was a real hero. He saved them in the nick of time.
“Then the firefighters turned up and pulled a man from the building. He looked in a really bad way, you could see the top of his head was really badly burnt.
“He was carried straight to the air ambulance which landed over the road.”
Thick black plumes of smoke could been seen for miles across the City as the flames devoured the nightclub, which recently underwent a major refurbishment to create an atrium and beach.
The fire caused lengthy delays on the nearby roads as the smoke blew onto the highway and local residents were warned to keep their windows and doors shut.
Crews from East Greenwich, Greenwich, Plumstead, Eltham, Deptford, Lewisham, Poplar, Whitechapel, Bethnal Green and other surrounding fire stations were called in and had the blaze under control by 11.15pm.
Police arrested 14 men on suspicion of arson but they have been released without charge. Greenwich detectives are investigating the fire alongside the London Fire Brigade.
A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: “An investigation has been launched after a fire at a Greenwich nightclub left a man fighting for his life.
“Police were called to Boord Street, Greenwich, by London Fire Brigade at 11:55hrs on Monday, 8 August, to reports of a fire in progress. London Ambulance Service was also called to the scene.
“One man, aged in his twenties was taken to an east London hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
“Fourteen men were arrested on suspicion of arson. They were taken to various south London police stations. They were subsequently de-arrested.”
Detectives from Greenwich CID are investigating alongside investigators from the London Fire Brigade.
The Health and Safety Executive has also been informed.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police non-emergency line on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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