Fire rav­ages build­ing in Lon­don’s Mar­ket

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

LON­DON: Sev­enty fire­fight­ers bat­tled a large fire in a build­ing hous­ing many bou­tique shops in Lon­don’s pop­u­lar Cam­den Lock Mar­ket in the early hours of yes­ter­day. The emer­gency ser­vice said it had sent 10 fire en­gines to the scene and the fire was ex­tin­guished within around three hours with no ca­su­al­ties re­ported. “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 neigh­bor­ing 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 am (2307 GMT Sun­day), 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

GE­ORGE­TOWN: Video grab re­leased by Peo­ple’s Pro­gres­sive Party Civic of a fire com­ing from a prison com­pound in Ge­orge­town, Guyana.

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