Nearly 100 firefighters were deployed to tackle a blaze at a Jewish school in east London.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said 15 fire engines were sent to the building, on Craven Walk, Hackney, after the alarm was raised shortly before midnight on Tuesday.

Crews faced hazardous conditions after flames severely damaged the basement and ground floor of the three and four-storey building, thought to be a Jewish faith school run by the Belz Chassidic sect.

Station manager Nicola Lown said: “The ground floor has partially collapsed into the basement leading to hazardous conditions.

“Two fire rescue units are also on the scene and their equipment is being used to shore up the ground floor.

“This will enable crews wearing breathing apparatus to gain better access to the fire in the basement.”

LFB said the cause of the fire is not known at this stage and there were no reports of injuries.

Jewish members of the public watch firefighters outside a school in Craven Walk in Hackney, east London, after a fire broke out shortly before midnight on Tuesday. Photo credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Jewish members of the public watch firefighters outside a school in Craven Walk in Hackney, east London, after a fire broke out shortly before midnight on Tuesday.
Photo credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire