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Battersea Arts Centre engulfed by fire

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A huge fire has engulfed the grade II*-listed Battersea Arts Centre in south London, causing the roof of its Grand Hall to collapse

The London Fire Brigade has send 12 fire engines and 80 firefighters to tackle the blaze, which reportedly broke out just before 4.15pm.

Witnesses have told the Evening Standard that people at the scene were crying as the tower at the top of the Arts Centre collapsed amid the flames.

One Twitter user said: ‘Tower on the top of Battersea Arts Centre has just collapsed. People in tears. Police moving people back.’

The fire bridage was called at 4.14pm to the building which was undergoing the final phases of a £13.3million restoration programme led by 2014 Stirling Prize-winner Haworth Tompkins (see AJ 20.06.13).


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