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Fire hits Battersea Arts Centre refurb



Grant Prior | Fri 13th March | 18:30

A major fire has hit the Battersea Arts Centre in south London where Gilbert Ash is currently working on a £6m refurbishment programme.

Gilbert Ash started on the site in September with work due to be completed by the end of this year on the 15-month contract.

Twelve fire engines and 80 firefighters battled the blaze on Lavender Hill.

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The London Fire Brigade said: "The fire is affecting part of the building which is under refurbishment and its roof."

Station Manager John Snelgrove said: "This is a large, challenging fire and crews are working hard to bring it under control.

"We've got 12 fire engines at the scene, as well as an aerial appliance and an aerial ladder platform fighting the fire from above.

"Firefighters are working with a number of water jets around the building to contain the fire."

The Arts Centre blaze was the second major construction site fire in one day on Friday.

Flames also engulfed St George's Junior School in Weybridge, Surrey.

The blaze hit a roof under construction on the site where Feltham Construction is main contractors

Headmaster Antony Hudson said:  "While this has come as a great shock, I am very relieved that not a single person was hurt in any way and I am particularly grateful to my colleagues and the emergency services for dealing with the situation so professionally.

"All the children have returned to class and we very much look forward to seeing them again on Monday morning for business as usual."

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The Weybridge fire, picture courtesy of the BBC

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