We are all deeply affected and saddened by the devastating fire at St Mark’s Church on Hamilton Terrace.
Your local councillors have reached out to Mother Kate Harrison to offer support to her and her family, as well as support to the wider church community. We are coordinating with the Council other organisations to secure alternative community space for those groups and residents who rely on St Marks. As Dick Schumacher, Chair of the St John’s Wood Society so poignantly observed, St Mark’s was a place of solace and solitude for so many and this dreadful fire happened at a time when we need it most.
The London Fire Brigade were on the scene quickly, working throughout the night to extinguish the fire. At the time of writing, they were still on site assessing the integrity of the building, in particular the spire. We are all incredibly grateful for their brave efforts and they have shared the following updates for us to pass on:
- The church was completely destroyed by the fire, with only the walls and
- There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident
- 12 fire engines and three Turntable Ladders (including London Fire Brigade’s
state of the art 64 Metre high reach ladder) attended at the peak of the fire.
- Two adults and at least four children from two adjacent properties will be
rehoused with relatives or friends
- Due to ongoing firefighting operations and the severity of the fire it has not
been possible to carry out a detailed scene examination, however our
specialist Fire Investigation team will be returning to continue their investigation.
The London Fire Brigade have also asked us to remind residents of the importance of installing and checking your smoke alarms regularly. They have asked us share information from the Fire Safety Advice Centre