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Fire breaks out at primary school

The fire at the school in Hoxton
About 75 firefighters tackled the flames - picture by Paul Wood

Fire has broken out on two floors at an east London primary school.

About 75 firefighters and 15 fire engines are tackling the flames at Thomas Fairchild School in Napier Grove, Hoxton.

Half of the ground floor and part of the first floor are currently on fire after flames broke out at 1345 BST.

Fire crews from Kingsland, Stoke Newington, Euston, Clerkenwell, Dowgate, Islington, Holloway, Shoreditch, Shadwell and Bow attended.

Witnesses said smoke was blowing across the street and could be seen from the nearby B144.

Stephen Kench, who lives near the scene, told BBC London: "I just can see really thick smoke and I am shutting my window because it's really acrid.

"Because it is so windy it's going against the fire brigade's needs at the moment.

"Over the last two and a half hours there has been nothing but sirens."

It is thought the school was empty, with children on their holidays.

The cause of the fire is unknown.


The school has provided an education for generations of local people

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