Blaze tears through Lon­don mar­ket

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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