Flames engulf building in London's Camden Market

Dozens of firefighters poured water onto a big fire early Monday at Camden Lock Market, which is a popular tourist destination in north London.

The London Fire Brigade said 10 firetrucks and 70 firefighters had been sent to the site shortly after midnight Sunday when a blaze erupted near Camden Stables. It said three floors and the roof of a building within the complex were on fire.

Seventy firefighters were called to battle the blaze, the brigade said. Three stories and the roof of one building were affected by the fire, according to an update from the department on Sunday night. 

"#CamdenMarket fire update: the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors, plus the roof, of a building within the market are alight," the department tweeted on Sunday night. 

#CamdenMarket fire update: the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors, plus the roof, of a building within the market are alight © @CamdenJohnny pic.twitter.com/Y15isabNq8

— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) July 10, 2017

Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters have been called to reports of a fire in #Camden Lock Market. More when we have it. pic.twitter.com/O21OLbIyLb

— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) July 9, 2017

We now have ten fire engines and over 70 firefighters dealing with the #Camden Lock Market fire. Please avoid the area © @CamdenJohnny pic.twitter.com/bdi5HauCLr

— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) July 10, 2017

Crews are still working hard to get the fire at #CamdenMarket under control. Latest information on our Facebook page https://t.co/a7rTzxQWyn pic.twitter.com/kiGS7wyRMV

— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) July 10, 2017

Ambulance crews also rushed to the scene, but authorities said no injuries had been reported.

The market is very popular with tourists and Londoners, who are drawn to the area by the shopping and nightlife on offer.

"The fire was moving very fast," said witness Joan Ribes. "People were watching, but we were scared the building could explode at any time since there are restaurants with kitchens nearby."

A different part of the market complex was ravaged by a fire in 2008, and vendors were not able to operate for several months.

Monday's fire came less than four weeks after a fast-spreading blaze engulfed the Grenfell Tower apartment block in west London, killing at least 80 people.

© 2017 Associated Press


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