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Fire at Camden Market in London Brought Under Control

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Monday, 10 Jul 2017 05:52 AM

A fire at Camden Market in London was brought under control Monday morning by 70 firefighters battling the blaze in a building housing many boutique shops.

Emergency services said it had sent 10 fire engines to the scene in the early morning and the fire was extinguished within around three hours, reported Agence France-Presse. There were no casualties.

"The first, second and third floors, plus the roof, of a building within the market are alight," the London Fire Brigade said on Twitter after the fire broke out.

Fire brigade spokesman David Reid said: "Crews worked hard to get the fire under control and to stop it from spreading to neighbouring buildings."

Images shared on social media showed tall flames and a burnt-out building at the north London market, which is popular with Londoners and tourists.

"The fire was moving very fast," witness Joan Ribes, 24, told the Press Association news agency.

He said the fire "was flying through the air to the surrounding areas".

"People were watching, but we were scared the building could explode at any time since there are restaurants with kitchens nearby," he said.

The market area has around 28 million visitors a year.

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said they were called to a fire at 00:07 a.m., but that they had not treated any patients.

A spokeswoman for Market Tech, the major shareholder in the market, said the fire was isolated to one building.

"While a small section of Camden Lock Market will be closed off to the public until further notice as a precaution, the rest of Camden Lock Market... will be fully open," she said.

The Fire Brigade has opened an investigation into the causes of the fire.

© AFP 2017

 
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