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Around 70 firefighters are at the scene of a major fire at a church in Dollis Hill Lane, Neasden this morning (Wednesday, September 12).

Reports of the fire were first made to London Fire Brigade at around 4am and the roof, second floor and first floor are reported to be alight.

London Fire Brigade has dispatched 10 fire engines from nearby stations including Willesden , West Hampstead, Wembley , North Kensington, Hendon and other surrounding fire stations.

The firefighters are working to try to bring the church hall fire under control and have said that they expect to be there throughout the morning.

Firefighters expect to remain at the scene throughout the morning

The road, near Gladstone Park, is experiencing some traffic issues, while the southbound carriageway of Dudden Hill Lane has been closed between the A406 and Lennox Gardens while the fire is being dealt with.

You can follow the latest updates on this incident in our live blog below.

Final image from the scene

One of the 10 fire engines called to respond to the fire.

Fire truck
Fire truck

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Image from further down the road

A firehose snaking down the road as a police officer from Brent police mans the cordon.

Police cordon and firehose
Police cordon and firehose

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Another image of the damaged roof

This image, from further away, shows the damage to scale with the rest of the building.

Picture of the roof from far away
Picture of the roof from far away

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Close-up of the damaged roof

A close-up image of the damaged roof shows it has been almost completely destroyed in one section.

Damaged roof
Damaged roof

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Another image of the cordon

Dudden Hill Lane is was blocked this morning as 10 fire engines responded to the fire.

Police and fire brigade cordon
Police and fire brigade cordon

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Images of police presence at the scene

Brent police quickly tweeted that they were attending the scene alongside the London Fire Brigade.

Brent police van at the scene
Brent police van at the scene

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First picture of damage from fire

The fire did extensive damage to the roof of the Neasden church hall.

The damaged church hall roof
The damaged church hall roof

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More of firefighters at the scene

Just six of the team of 70 firefighters who were needed to tackle the fire.

Some of the 70-strong team of firefighters needed to tackle the blaze
Some of the 70-strong team of firefighters needed to tackle the blaze

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New image from the scene of the fire

Firefighters quickly cordoned off the area as a hazard zone while they worked to control the blaze.

Firefighters working within a cordoned-off hazard zone
Firefighters working within a cordoned-off hazard zone

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Neasden church hall fire now under control

The London Fire Brigade have confirmed that the Neasden church hall fire is now under control.

Buses on diversion

If you’re having trouble getting around Neasden this morning, Dudden Hill Lane is still blocked as 10 fire engines respond to the fire at Neasden Montessori School.

There are some buses on diversion too, including routes 322 and N98.

See where the fire is

For further clarification, this streetview below shows the Montessori building to the left of the Church Hall, between Tanfield Street and Dollis Hill Lane.

Where is the fire?

There has been confusion on social media following seemingly conflicting reports from police and the fire brigade over where the fire is.

The fire is in the church hall of St Catherine’s Church, which is used by Neasden Montessori School.

It is visible from Dudden Hill Lnae, which is currently blocked and sits between Tanfield Road and Dollis Hill Lane.

You can explore the area for yourself on the interactive map below.

Police are on the scene

Brent Police has said that they are at the scene of the fire in Neasden as well as the fire brigade.

Neasden Montessori School on fire

We have spoken with a member of staff at Neasden Montessori School, which is based in the church hall behind St Katherine’s Church.

He confirmed that the fire was at the school’s building at that the school will not be opening today.
Arrangements are being made to allow lessons to continue tomorrow, in a different building, the man confirmed.

Firefighter have been at the scene for more than three hours

The legion of 70 firefighters has now been trying to bring the raging fire under control for around three and a half hours.

The situation at present is that the roof, second floor and first floor are all currently alight.

Duddden Hill Lane closed

The southbound carriageway of Dudden Hill Lane is blocked to traffic from the North Circular A406 to Lennox Gardens.

The road closure indicates that the fire may be at St Catherine’s Church, on the corner of Dollis Hill Lane and Dudden Hill Lane.

What do we know so far?

This morning, at 4.01am, London Fire Brigade were called to reports of a huge church fire in Neasden.

They’ve sent 70 firefighters and 10 fire engines to the scene, at the junction of Dollis Hill Lane and Dudden Hill Lane.

The firefighters are expected to remain at the scene through the morning.