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Almost 100 firefighters called as flames engulf Sidcup hospital ward

PUBLISHED: 11:53 19 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:53 19 August 2015

Picture: Tony Gay

Picture: Tony Gay

TONY GAY at tonephote@aol.com

Disused maternity ward at Queen Mary’s Hospital damaged

Almost 100 firefighters were called last night to a huge fire at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup.

Crews are still at the scene of the blaze on the disused maternity ward almost 17 hours after being called, although the fire is largely under control and has been since around 2am.

The fire destroyed most of the first floor and half the roof of the ward in Frognal Avenue, but firefighters managed to stop it spreading further.

Fifteen engines from stations across south east London were dealing with the flames at the height of the incident.

Bexley borough commander Richard Welch said: “Firefighters have worked extremely hard at this challenging fire.

“Thankfully no working parts of the hospital were affected.”

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