Blaze tears through London market
Seventy firefighters battled for three hours early Monday to bring under control a blaze at Camden Lock Market, a popular London tourist destination, the city’s fire brigade said.
The blaze — which came less than a month after a fire consumed the Grenfell Tower apartment block in West London killing at least 80 people — broke out shortly before midnight Sunday, tearing through three stories and a building’s roof.
“Crews worked hard to get the fire under control and to stop it from spreading to neighboring buildings,” a London Fire Brigade station manager, David Reid, said in a statement.
No one was reported injured, authorities said. The full extent of the damage was not known.
“The cause of the fire is not yet known,” police said in a statement.
Ten fire engines and crews from more than five stations were called to the scene. By Monday morning, 20 firefighters remained on the scene as police investigated the cause.
The Camden market, which began as a small arts and crafts fair and blossomed into a sprawling market selling vintage clothing, antiques, souvenirs and other items, has long been a center of bohemian London.