Fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters were called to a fire at a restaurant on George Street in Croydon last night.

The Brigade was called at 4:29pm on Tuesday (December 29) and the blaze was under control by 3:41am.

Crews tackled the fire in a restaurant on the ground floor of a three-storey building which also spread to the offices above on the first and second floors.

The restaurant and offices above were completely destroyed by the fire and some of the adjacent buildings also suffered from smoke damage.

Staff working at the restaurant left before the Brigade arrived and people in the neighbouring properties were moved as a precaution. There were no injuries reported.

Station Commander, Jason Jones, said:

"Firefighters worked hard to tackle the fire in difficult conditions. We used the drone to help us gain a better view of the fire from above.

"The town centre was cordoned off and the tram lines in the area were affected due to the smoke."

Fire crews from Croydon, Woodside, Norbury, West Norwood, Forest Hill, Bromley, Wallington, Purley, Sutton, Addington, Mitcham and Beckenham fire stations attended.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.