Dozens of firefighters battle massive blaze in southeast London (PHOTOS)

63af26 Dozens of firefighters battle massive blaze in southeast London (PHOTOS)

The reason that caused the blaze is yet unknown at this stage, according to the London Fire Brigade.The entire roof of the Cuming Museum and the Newington Library in Wansey Street is ablaze.More than 100 firefighters and 20 fire units are currently tackling the blaze in the four-story building.Fire engines from Southwark, Lambeth, Old Kent Road, Dowgate, Kensington, Kingsland, West Hampstead, Dockhead, Peckham, Whitechapel, Paddington, New Cross, and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.”We now have water jets attacking the fire from the four corners of the building. We evacuated 30 people from inside the museum and firefighters will be making efforts to salvage as many of the artifacts as possible,” the official website of the London Fire Brigade has quoted station manager Peter Critchell as saying.They are expected to remain there ‘for at least the next few hours’, according to the LFB.There are no reports of any injures yet.“We’ve got well over a hundred firefighters working hard at the scene to bring the fire under control. It’s a large blaze and the whole of the building’s roof is alight but fortunately we’ve not had reports of injuries,” the brigade’s Assistant Commissioner for Operational Assurance Dany Cotton said.The Wansey Street building was previously the Old Walworth Town Hall. The council is concerned about the possible damage to the museum’s collection.”A fire has broken out in one of our buildings on the Walworth Road which houses the Cuming Museum, the home of the worldwide collection of the Cuming Family and the museum of Southwark’s history,” the leader of the council, Peter John, said.

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Dozens of firefighters battle massive blaze in southeast London (PHOTOS)

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