Hearth destroys St Mark’s Church in St John’s Wooden | Information
A London church described as an “architectural and historical treasure” has been destroyed in a fierce blaze overnight.
About 80 firefighters were called to St Mark’s Church, St John’s Wood, late last night, bringing the fire under control at 2.22am, London Fire Brigade said.
Heavy smoke surrounded the building, with residents advised to keep windows and doors closed, the local Ham & High newspaper reported. Firefighters from north Kensington, Paddington, West Hampstead and surrounding areas went to the scene after 30 calls were received.
The extent of the damage can be seen clearly in the light of day
London Fire Brigade crews took three hours to control the blaze. With smoke billowing in the area, residents were advised to keep doors and windows closed
The brigade said there had been no injuries, but that the Anglican church was destroyed. Three ladders were used to fight the fire, including the tallest in Europe at 209ft (64m).
The National Churches Trust has listed St Mark’s as a