A former maternity unit at a hospital in south east London caught fire last night.
Around 100 firefighters and 15 fire engines were sent to Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, after the blaze broke out at around 7pm.
“Firefighters have worked extremely hard at this challenging fire within a derelict maternity ward”
London Fire Brigade
The disused ward – which is adjacent to the main hospital site and is now owned by housing association Anchor Housing – has had most of the first floor and half of its roof destroyed.
Oxleas Foundation Trust, which runs Queen Mary’s, said no hospital buildings had been damaged and it was encouraging patients to attend appointments as normal.
Officers said they had the blaze under control by 2am. However, they have remained at the site this morning in order to continue putting out pockets of fire.
In a statement issued this morning, a London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “Firefighters have worked extremely hard at this challenging fire within a derelict maternity ward.
“We tackled the fire internally and needed the number of firefighters to regularly change the crews wearing breathing apparatus,” he said. “Thankfully no working parts of the hospital were affected.”
A spokeswoman for Oxleas Foundation Trust said: “We are pleased to confirm that the fire is not in the actual hospital buildings but in an adjacent site and there have been no injuries or damage to the hospital buildings.
“We are grateful to the fire brigade for bringing the fire under control so quickly,” she added.