Fire Tears Through London’s Camden Lock Market

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LONDON, JULY 10, 2017 – Seventy firefighters battled for three hours early Monday to bring under control a dramatic blaze at Camden Lock Market, a popular London tourist destination, the city’s fire brigade said.

The blaze which came less than four weeks after a fire consumed the Grenfell Tower apartment block in west London, killing at least 80 people — broke out shortly before midnight on 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, the authorities said. The full extent of the damage was not known.

“The cause of the fire is not yet known,” the police said in a statement.

Ten fire engines and crews from more than five stations were called to the scene. Photos and video posted on social media showed an enormous blaze ripping through the girders of the building’s roof.

By Monday morning, 20 firefighters remained on the scene as the 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. The area, which was the site of gin distilleries and warehouses in the 19th century, became an important part of London’s swaggering counterculture.

Camden Market burning in London, on Monday. CreditLuisDjLauk, via Reuters

In the 1970s, a vibrant music scene at Dingwalls, a storied venue for London night life, attracted a generation of bands like The Clash, The Sex Pistols and The Ramones, and habitués like the artists David Hockney and Lucian Freud.

Today, the market, which is popular with both tourists and Londoners, is filled with more than 1,000 venues including street food traders and independent shops.

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