Massive Fire Breaks Out At Western Europe’s Biggest Mosque In South London, UK
Firefighters are tackling a large blaze at the Baitul Futuh mosque in Morden, south London.
A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “We have 10 fire engines and 70 firefighters there. The fire is affecting the building’s ground and first floors. It would be fair to say it is a large fire.”
Phil Morton, station commander for Croydon fire station, said the cause of the blaze is still unknown.
“We are working very hard to control the fire but, as it’s such a big building with such high ceilings, I imagine it will take a while yet,” he said.
Residents saw a plume of black smoke billow into the sky around Morden
“We are using an aerial appliance to apply water to the roof – a fire break to stop the fire spreading. We expect a large amount of the building to be damaged.”
One man has been taken to hospital by emergency services.
A London Ambulance Service (LAS) spokesman said: “We treated a male, reported in be in his 40s, with smoke inhalation and took him to St George’s Hospital as a priority.”
Merton Council leader Stephen Alambritis described the mosque as a “major landmark” in the area.
“I could not see how any kind of arson could take place but that is for the police and the fire brigade to investigate,” he said. “I am sure that this community will want to know themselves whether there is any possible arson.”
Roads have been closed in the suburban neighbourhood surrounding the mosque and Transport for London said the A24 into Morden town centre, is shut both ways, northbound and southbound
Reports suggest the mosque is the largest in western Europe and can accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers in three halls.
It was completed in 2003 at a cost of approximately £15m.
Courtesy of Sky News