uthorities are investigating after a heritage-listed north-west London church described as an “architectural and historic treasure” was destroyed by hearth.
Some 80 firefighters battled the blaze at St Mark’s Church in Hamilton Terrace, St John’s Wooden, from 11.19pm on Thursday till it was underneath management at 2.22am on Friday, the London Fireplace Brigade (LFB) stated.
The brigade stated there have been no accidents, although it famous the entire two-storey Anglican constructing was “destroyed”.
Residents have been earlier requested to maintain doorways and home windows closed because of the important quantity of smoke being produced.
The LFB stated it used three ladders, together with the tallest in Europe at 64 metres, as towers to distribute water evenly and extinguish the blaze.
The Nationwide Church buildings Belief had listed St Mark’s as a grade II Victorian church, describing it as an “architectural and historic treasure” which completed building between 1846 and 1847.
It contained “gorgeous” mosaics by the Salviati household in addition to extremely ornamental marble flooring within the chancel, with the general Gothic-styled design the work of architect Thomas Cundy Junior.
It was positioned close to Abbey Highway Studios and Lord’s Cricket Floor, and had hyperlinks to creator Lewis Carroll and Queen Victoria’s son Prince Leopold.
The LFB stated the reason for the hearth is underneath investigation.