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Dulwich school ceiling collapse: Several children taken to hospital

Several children have been taken to hospital after a ceiling collapse at a south London prep school.

Rosemead Preparatory School and Nursery in Dulwich is a £15,000-a-year independent co-educational day prep school for children aged two-and-a-half to 11.

The ceiling of the south London school collapsed on the second floor on Monday morning, the London Fire Brigade said.

Around 20 firefighters and three fire engines were called to the incident on Thurlow Park Road in Dulwich.

A number of people were treated on the scene for minor injuries and some children were taken to hospital by London Ambulance crews.

All other children and staff were safely evacuated from the building.

Firefighters carried out a systematic search of the building and confirmed with the school that all pupils and staff were accounted for.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called at 9.22am on Monday and the incident was over by 11.50am.

A specialist USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) team and equipment were also used to confirm the building was “at no further risk of collapse”, a statement from the LFB said.

Labour’s Helen Hayes, the MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, tweeted: “Very concerned to hear of the collapse of a ceiling at Rosemead School this morning.

“My thoughts are with the children, staff and parents. I hope no-one is seriously injured.

“I’ve contacted the school to offer my support. My thanks to the emergency services who attended the scene.”

The school ceiling collapse, in pictures

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