A large fire has broken out at a mosque in Morden, South London
There are 70 firefighters tackling the blaze at the Baitul Futuh mosque in Morden, south London.
A London Fire Brigade (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 (LAS) spokesman said: “We treated a male, reported to 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 bills itself as the largest in Western Europe.
Transport for London (TfL) said the A24, which feeds the busy Morden town centre, is shut both ways, northbound and southbound.
Road have been closed from Crown Road down to the mosque, which is near Morden South railway station.
The mosque was built for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community to provide people with a meeting place and somewhere to hold social religious events. It was built on the site of the old Express Dairies in 1999.