Almost 100 firefighters rush to quell blaze as ‘Jewish faith school bursts into flames’
FIREFIGHTERS rushed to quell a blaze at a Jewish Faith School in east London after it reportedly burst into flames in the early hours of this morning.
At least 15 fire crews are reported to have attended the scene at Craven Walk, near Clapton Common in Hackney, as onlookers removed Torah scrolls from the building.
The firefighters faced hazardous conditions after the blaze swept through the ground floor of the four-storey building and caused it to collapse into the basement.
Images from the scene showed plumes of smoke and bright flames rising from the school as crowds of passers-by looked on.
Station Manager Nicola Lown, who is at the scene, said: “The ground floor has partially collapsed into the basement leading to hazardous conditions.
“Two fire rescue units are also on the scene and their equipment is being used to shore up the ground floor.
“This will enable crews wearing breathing apparatus to gain better access to the fire in the basement.”
Ambulances and the Metropolitan police are also reportedly on the scene.
Investigations will get underway once the building is secured.
They added there were no reports of injuries following the blaze.
A spokeswoman for the London Fire Brigade said: “Fifteen fire engines and around 95 firefighters and officers have been called to a fire at a school on Craven Walk in Hackney.
“Half of the basement and ground floor is alight as well as a small part of the first floor in the three and four storey building.
“There are no reported injuries.
“The Brigade was called at 2356 and is still at the scene.
“Fire crews from Stoke Newington, Tottenham, Homerton, Hornsey, Holloway fire stations and other surrounding fire stations are at the scene.
“The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.”
Firefighters remained at the scene this morning as they worked to bring the fire under control.
Crews from Stoke Newington, Tottenham, Homerton, Hornsey, Holloway fire stations were attending.
Original article courtesy of UK Express.