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Aylesbury mosque fire leaves three injured

A fire at a mosque in Buckinghamshire has left three men with minor injuries.

Emergency services were called to Aylesbury's Jamia Ghausia mosque in Havelock Street during prayer time on Thursday afternoon.

A spokesman for Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said the mosque had been undergoing roofing work.

Worshippers were able to leave the building safely but three contractors suffered minor injuries during the incident.

One injured his ankle after jumping from the roof and was taken to hospital.

The two others, one which suffered cuts and burns to his hands, left the building by ladder.

At the fire's peak there were about 25 firefighters at the scene.

Group manager Mick Martin said: "A safe evacuation was carried out and the crews were quickly able to bring the fire under control before it took hold.

"Firefighters remained at the scene for an hour to help clear debris which had fallen through the roof and to provide reassurance to worshippers."

The fire has damaged an estimated 10% of the flat part of the roof.

The minaret and dome have not been damaged.

Ch Insp Henry Parsons said: "I would like to pass on my thanks to the local community for all their support to the emergency services throughout the incident."

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