A house fire broke out yesterday morning which raged for more than two hours and destroyed most of the roof before firefighters could put it out.
Three men and one woman who were in the house escaped and two neighbours had left their houses before the firefighters arrived.
They were treated at the scene by the London Ambulance Service.
Mr Patel, a nearby shop owner, said: “There was smoke coming from the roof. It must have been about 8am.
Policemen came and knocked down the door.”
The fire started in a house in Upper Wickham Road in Welling, Bexley and firefighters were called at 8.05am.
The fire was put out at around 10.40am and required 25 firefighters and four fire engines to tackle the blaze.
Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire.