A fire at a primary school in Dagenham, London has been brought under control.
London Fire Brigade received calls at around 4.50am to a fire at the school on Hewett road.
In total, twelve fire engines and around 80 firefighters from Dagenham, Barking, Ilford and surrounding fire stations attended the incident.
A large part of the single storey building has been damaged by fire. LFB Station Manager Rod Wainwright said “Flames could be seen from some distance away and crews were faced with a serious blaze when they arrived on the scene. They worked very hard to bring the fire under control but given the intensity of the fire, there is unfortunately significant damage to the school.
“It is unfortunate timing that this fire has occurred just before the start of term. It is too soon to speculate on the cause of the fire but as soon as they’re able to, fire investigators will enter the site to start their work.”
During the fire, firefighters removed a gas cylinder and cooled it down as cylinders can explode when exposed to heat.
Firefighters had the fire under control by 7.49am and firefighters remain at the scene to fully extinguish remaining pockets of fire. Eight fire crews remain at the scene as of 9am and LFB says it is likely that firefighters will be there for the rest of the day.
There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is not known at this stage.
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