A community came out to support fire crews and neighbours in extraordinary ways as they tackled a deadly blaze.

Vincent Milne, who lives in Parliament Hill, said he was returning home on Monday morning (January 15) when he saw "a lot of activity" in the street.

Around 40 firefighters were tackling a blaze in a ground floor flat in a converted house.

Four men had dashed into the burning flat to try to save a 67-year-old man who lived there.

Despite their efforts, the man died the following day.

"I came back after it happened and you knew something major had happened," Vincent said. 

"People were going out of their way to provide water and tea for fire crews, paramedics and residents.

"There was a great community effort."

One man, who asked not to be named, said people were giving out "tea and socks".

"Some people came out in their pyjamas," he said.

"I didn’t see flames but those flats have timber floors so can easily go up."

He said he counted 38 emergency service workers.

”Police, paramedics, fire brigade... they were impressive," he added.

 London Fire Brigade said the cause of the fire is under investigation.