Firefighters tackled a fire which ripped through and destroyed a club house on the grounds of a school in Blackheath.

The London Fire Brigade warned the fire "could have been far worse" after firefighters worked hard to stop the blaze from spreading from the club house, which was derelict, to the rest of the school.

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters rushed to the scene of the fire on Kidbrooke Grove in Blackheath around 8:30pm on Sunday, September 20.

The derelict club house on the school grounds was alight, and was completely destroyed in the fire.

But firefighters, who " worked hard to stop the blaze and stop it spreading", said the building was empty at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

Fire crews from Lee Green, Lewisham, East Greenwich and Greenwich fire stations attended the scene, and had the fire under control by around 10pm.

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The LFB have now issued the following warning.

Sub-officer Ian Woodhams, who was at the scene, said: “This fire could have been far worse. Though the building is derelict and not used, the electricity in the building was still switched on, which is in itself a fire risk.

“If you know a building is not going to be in use, make sure that it is properly locked up and secure.

“Ensure that power supplies are switched off or removed altogether.

“A Neighbourhood Watch scheme can alert public authorities if any potentially dangerous or suspicious activity is spotted in or around an unused building.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Brigade’s Fire Investigation team and the Metropolitan Police.