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St Mark's Church, St Johns Wood-Roof of historic church collapses as inferno tears through building

Friday 27 January, 2023

We here at E-Bound are deeply saddened to hear about the devastating fire last night at St Mark's Church in St John's Wood, London.

Dozens of firefighters battle blaze at 177-year-old 'architectural treasure' filled with 'stunning' mosaics near London's Abbey Road studios. Flames from St Mark's Church could be seen lighting up the night sky as the roof of the building collapsed

London Fire Brigade have not reported any injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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St John's Wood: Watch firefighters tackle blaze at London church (Image: Twitter LondonFire)

A Grade II listed church in north-west London has been destroyed in a fire overnight.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said 80 firefighters attended St Mark's church in Hamilton Terrace in St John's Wood after a call at 23:19 GMT on Thursday.

Videos on social media showed the entire two-storey building alight, with black plumes rising from the flames.

LFB said there were no reports of injuries and the cause of the fire, which is under control, is not known.

The National Churches Trust has described St Mark's as an "architectural and historical treasure".

The Victorian church, which is more than 150 years old, has links to author Lewis Carroll and Queen Victoria's son Prince Leopold and is situated near Abbey Road Studios and Lord's Cricket Ground.

Firefighters used a crane this morning to inspect the damage to the smouldering building (Image: PA MEDIA)

Sophia Tennant, who witnessed the fire, said she was getting ready for bed when she looked out of the window and saw flames rising from inside a building which she later realised was the church.

After calling the fire brigade, she said she "came and watched and it was really flaming, most of the roof seemed to be on fire".

"You could see the fire inside the church going up what would have been the stained glass window at the east end, so it's pretty disastrous," she said.

Another resident said: "I got up and looked out my bedroom window and the road outside was full of fire engines.

"I just got my coat on, came outside the front door and just noticed the church next door was just ablaze.

"It's terrible, the whole church was on fire - smoke everywhere. It's extremely sad because it's a very old church and it's ruined now."

Witness Sophia Tennant said the fire was intense and looked "pretty disastrous"

A further witness described seeing "lots of flames" which became "much bigger before the roof caved in".

Households in the area have been advised to keep windows and doors closed, and police asked the public to avoid the area to allow emergency services to work.

Westminster City Council said there would be local road closures until late morning, but all residents were "safe and accounted for".

Firefighters used three ladders to spray water on to the building (Image: Mohamed Elmaazi)

More than 10 fire engines were deployed to the scene, with crews from North Kensington, Paddington and West Hampstead working to put out the flames.

Firefighters used three ladders to spray water onto the building, including two 34m (111 ft) ladders and one 64m (209 ft) ladder that is the tallest of its kind in Europe.

LFB said investigators were working to discover the cause of the blaze.

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