A man has died after a fire tore through a top-floor flat in north London last night.
More than 20 people were evacuated from the modern, three-storey block in Potters Road, New Barnet as the flames took hold.
A witness described the moment the flat was engulfed in flames as 'like a scene from Eastenders'.
Windows shattered in the intense heat, which left the interior a charred shell.
The victim, believed to be in his 50s, was found dead in the living room.
The fire is believed to have been started accidentally.
UPDATE 6.58am: Police say the fire is a suspected suicide.
Scarlett Pestell wrote on Twitter: “It’s like Eastenders down on Potters Road, 999 and all that everywhere.”
It's like eastenders down on Potters road, 999 and all that— scarlet pestell (@ScarletPestell) May 15, 2014
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Police were called by London Fire Brigade at 7.30pm regarding a fire at a flat in Potters Road, New Barnet.
“LFB extinguished the fire and discovered the body of what is believed to be a man inside the flat.
“Officers are yet to identify the man and next of kin have not been informed.
“Fire investigators are currently treating the fire as non-suspicious.”
Dan Freedman reports from the scene.