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50 firefighters are tackling blaze in Sikh temple

PUBLISHED: 15:08 16 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:11 05 October 2010

MORE than 50 firefighters have been called to a Sikh temple in East London where a huge blaze has broken out. Ten emergency crews have been mobilised so far to tackle the blaze out of control on the first floor of the temple in Harley Grove in Bow, after the Fire Brigade received several 999 calls at 2.10pm

MORE than 50 firefighters have been called to a Sikh temple in East London where a blaze has broken out in the past hour.

Ten emergency crews have been mobilised so far to tackle the blaze out of control on the first floor of the temple in Harley Grove in Bow, after the Fire Brigade received several 999 calls at 2.10pm.

Thermal imaging cameras are being used to search the premises for anyone still inside the two-storey house of worship. Eye-witnesses have reported seeing flames above the rooftop.

One eye-witness contacted by the East London Advertiser, Peter Footman, guv’nor of the Coburn Arms pub close by, said: “I can see out the window one big white plume coming over the houses.”

Another publican, Sarah Jesson, assistant manager at the Morgan Arms pub, said: “There’s lots of smoke and huge flames coming out the top of the roof.”

Police have closed off the turning off the main A11 Bow Road while fire crews tackle the blaze.

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