POPULAR LONDON’S CAMDEN LOCK MARKET ENGULFED BY FIRE

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said 70 firefighters and 10 fire engines were sent to the site, which is a popular tourist attraction.

One eyewitness said the fire moved “very fast” and there were fears of an explosion in nearby buildings.

London Ambulance Service said it had not treated any patients but remained at the scene. The Metropolitan Police also attended.

Major fires have hit the sprawling market area twice before in recent years, in 2008 and 2014.

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Fire crews near the Camden Lock railway bridge
Surrounding streets were shut as firefighters battled the flames

LFB said the first, second and third floors and the roof of a building in the market which contains several businesses and stalls has been damaged by the blaze.

“Crews worked hard to get the fire under control and to stop it from spreading to neighbouring buildings,” station manager David Reid said.

Witness Joan Ribes, 24, said: “I was just passing by when I saw the fire and they started to get firefighters and police, it was all very fast.

“We called the police to close the street to the traffic because it was very dangerous, the fire was flying through the air to the surrounding areas.

“The fire was moving very fast. People were watching, but we were scared the building could explode at any time since there are restaurants with kitchens nearby.”

LFB took 37 emergency calls about the fireImage copyrightDAN ICKOWITZ-SEIDLER/PA
Firefighter aiming hose at burned-out windowThe fire spread across several floors of the building

 

The ambulance service said it sent a clinical team leader and a Hazardous Area Response Team.

A police spokeswoman said: “London Fire Brigade were already at the scene when officers arrived. It is unknown at this stage if any persons are injured.”

At about 03:00 the LFB said the blaze was “now under control but crews will be damping down into the morning”.

In a statement, the brigade said: “Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters will remain at the scene on Monday.”

The cause of the blaze is unknown.

Firefighter on roof of burning Camden Lock buildingCrews battled to stop the fire spreading in the tight alleyways around Camden Market
Fire engines at Camden High StreetDamping down will continue well into Monday, the fire brigade said

On 8 February 2008, the famous celebrity haunt The Hawley Arms was severely damaged in a blaze, along with six shops and 90 market stalls.

In 2014, some 600 people fled a blaze in the Stables Market.

The market, located in the former Pickfords stables and Grade II-listed horse hospital, burned for two hours on the evening of 20 May.

BBC NEWS


 

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