Ten fire engines sent to Baitul Futuh mosque in south London to attend the fire
A large fire has has broken out at a south London mosque.
There are 70 firefighters tackling the blaze at the Baitul Futuh mosque in Morden.
The London Fire Brigade (LFB) sent investigating officers and the incident has been referred to the police.
Thick black smoke rises from the Baitul Futuh mosque in south London (@Doggy_Boutique)
One man in his 40s has been taken to hospital after being treated for smoke inhalation.
A LFB spokesman said: “We have 10 fire engines and 70 firefighters there. The fire is affecting the building’s ground and first floors. It would be fair to say it is a large fire.”
A member of the public reported the blaze at 12.06 pm. The spokesman said it is too early to say what has caused the blaze.
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We treated a male, reported in be in his 40s, with smoke inhalation and took him to St George’s Hospital as a priority.”
Roads have been closed in the suburban neighbourhood surrounding the mosque, which is thought to be one of the largest in Western Europe.
Transport for London said the A24, which feeds the busy Morden town centre, is shut both ways, northbound and southbound.
Trains are not stopping at Morden South railway station, which is near the mosque.
Smoke pours from the building (Storyful / Twitter / @Doggy_Boutiqe)
A Met Police spokesman said: “We were called to the scene to reports a fire at 12.18. Local road closures are in place.”
The mosque was built on the site of the old Express Dairies in 1999 for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community to provide people with a meeting place and somewhere to hold social religious events.