LONDON - A large fire has badly damaged part of the Belz building on Clapton Common, in London’s Stamford Hill. The fire brigade was called to the scene shortly before midnight on Tuesday, and some 15 fire engines and nearly 100 firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.
B’chasdei Shamayim, no one was hurt. People rushed to the scene to take out sifrei Torah, sefarim and dozens of tallis and tefillin bags.
The fire appears to have started in the basement and destroyed the ground and first floors of the building. The new building and the portacabins were not involved.
Local fire station manager Nicola Lown said the ground floor partially collapsed into the basement, causing hazardous conditions for the firefighters.
Firefighters remained at the scene early on Wednesday morning as the fire was brought under control shortly after 7:30 a.m.
The cause of the fire is not known.