There are more than 1,000 shops and stalls at the Camden Lock Market, well known as a centre of social life for many.
A major fire broke out early today at London’s Camden Lock Market. Ten fire engines, an aerial ladder and about 70 firefighters fought the blaze on the scene, near a nightclub and a covered market, London Fire Brigade said. With no reports of any casualties, the fire has been brought under control, informed the brigade. However, crews will remain at the scene overnight damping down remaining hot spots, it said.
“The Brigade’s 999 Control Officers took 37 emergency calls to the fire which was highly visible across the area during its early stages,” it said on Facebook.
The first, second and third floors, plus the roof, of a building within the market, that had different businesses, were damaged by the blaze.
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) July 10, 2017
Camden Lock Market, that has more than 1,000 shops and stalls, is popular with Londoners and tourists alike.
“The fire was moving very fast,” witness Joan Ribes, 24, told British news agency, Press Association.
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.