Herne Hill community centre damaged by fire

Smoke from Denmark Hill fire
Image caption The smoke from the fire could be seen from several miles away

A former nursery school building in south-east London has been damaged by fire.

London Fire Brigade said no-one was believed to have been inside the single-storey building, now used as a community centre, in Herne Hill.

The fire in the old Bessemer Grange nursery school was brought under control but police and firefighters remained at the site at 22:00 BST.

Police will investigate the incident, but the cause of the fire is unknown.

A fire service spokesman said a large part of the building had been on fire.

Image caption About 30 firefighters fought the blaze

Smoke from the blaze could be seen from the Olympic Park in Stratford, about nine miles (14km) away.

The fire service said six appliances were sent to tackle the blaze, which broke out at about 18:00 BST. About 30 fire officers attended.

London Ambulance Service said it had an ambulance crew on standby at the scene at the junction of Dylways and Woodfarrs.

The Metropolitan Police helicopter was also sent to the area and the street was cordoned off.

The BBC's Laura Gray said the former nursery school was opposite Bessemer Grange Primary School.

She said the building had been "totally gutted" but there was no sign of damage to other properties.

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