Monday, 10 July 2017
London famous Camden Lock Market goes up in flames
Around 70 firefighters have tackled a huge blaze that tore through a building in London's famous Camden Lock Market. Emergency services were called to the popular tourist attraction shortly before midnight on Sunday after fire took hold in a property near the Camden Stables.
Onlookers described the fire "moving very fast", raising fears of explosions if it reached nearby restaurants. The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said it sent 10 fire engines, including an aerial appliance, to the incident, while witnesses described seeing "lots of ambulances" racing to the scene. Crews from across central and north London fought to contain the blaze, which was "highly visible across the area", for around three hours.
Station manager David Reid, who was at the scene, said: "Crews worked hard to get the fire under control and to stop it from spreading to neighbouring buildings."
It is understood around 30 per cent of the first, second, and third floors, and a third of the roof of the 30 by 40 metre building, was damaged by the fire, which was brought under control by around 2.50am. It is the second time in recent years that the north London market has been hit by a serious blaze. The area sees an estimated 28 million visitors a year, with crowds drawn to the area by the shopping, entertainment and nightlife on offer.