Blaze engulfs London library roof

26 Mar 2013

Dozens of firefighters battled to put out a blaze after flames engulfed the entire roof of a London library and museum

The emergency services were called to Newington Library in Southwark, south-east London, just after 12.30pm on Monday, evacuating 30 people from inside. London Fire Brigade said they expected it would take several hours for its 15 fire crews to put out the blaze.

A spokesman said no injuries had been reported and it was not yet known how the fire started in the building that also houses a space where local residents can access Southwark council services.

Speaking on Monday afternoon council leader Peter John said it did not appear that any surrounding homes or buildings had been affected.

He added: "Whilst our first concern is for the safety of residents and our staff, we are also worried about possible damage to the museum's collection."

Copyright Press Association 2013

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