Haggerston fire: 40 firefighters tackle blaze at unoccupied nursery next to primary school

PUBLISHED: 13:05 06 December 2019 | UPDATED: 14:11 06 December 2019

Fire engines at the scene of the nursery fire. Picture: Andy Commons

Fire engines at the scene of the nursery fire. Picture: Andy Commons


Dozens of firefighters today tackled a blaze in the basement of an unoccupied nursery in Haggerston next to St Paul’s with St Michael’s Primary School.

Six engines and 40 firefighters were sent to the Market Nursery in Wilde Close, off Pownall Road, just before 11.50am.

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Six contractors who were working on the building left before they arrived and the fire was under control by 1.30pm.

Witness Andy Commons told the Gazette: "I saw a fair bit of smoke and literally nine units responded, maybe five fire engines and a command unit."

London Fire Brigade said the cause of the blaze is not yet known. Crews from Shoreditch, Homerton, Islington, Stoke Newington and Polar attended.

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