100 firefighters tackle fire at London Jewish school

Firefighters seen outside the school in Hackney this morning. Picture: PA
Firefighters seen outside the school in Hackney this morning. Picture: PA
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Nearly 100 firefighters were deployed to tackle a blaze at a school in east London.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said 15 fire engines were sent to the building on Craven Walk, Hackney, after the alarm was raised shortly before midnight on Tuesday.

Members of the public watch on as fire crews gather outside the school in Craven Walk in Hackney. Picture: PA

Members of the public watch on as fire crews gather outside the school in Craven Walk in Hackney. Picture: PA

Crews faced hazardous conditions after flames severely damaged the basement and ground floor of the three and four-storey building, thought to be a Jewish faith school.

Station manager Nicola Lown 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.”

LFB said the cause of the fire is not known at this stage and there were no reports of injuries.