Fire Breaks Out at Camden Stables Market, London

20-05-2014

    About 600 people were evacuated after a fire broke out at a market in Camden, north London.

    Fire-fighters were called to the Stables Market after a fire broke out at about 8pm.  It was brought under control about two hours later.

    Ten fire engines and over 70 fire-fighters were sent by London Fire Brigade to tackle the blaze.

     The Stables Market is the largest of a number of markets in Camden, selling books, clothing, and jewellery.

    Shortly after the fire broke out, LFB tweeted:  “The fire at Stables Market on Chalk Farm Road can be seen from miles around."

    It later tweeted:  "Fire is in the roof voids of the shops at Stables Market in #Camden. We've stopped the fire from affecting the overhead passenger train line."

    Ash Jones, who was in a pub close to the market, said: "An alarm went off and we were evacuated.

    "Buses were abandoned as the roads were closed and 200 or 300 people were left standing in the street."

    The market is located in the historic former Pickfords stables and Grade II-listed horse hospital which served the horses pulling Pickfords' distribution vans and barges along the canal.

    Many of its stalls are set in large arches in railway viaducts.

    Photographs taken by eyewitnesses showed black smoke emerging from the market on Chalk Farm Road and a number of shops alight.

    The cause of the fire is not yet known.

    In 2008 a fire broke out in the Camden Canal market, which crossed the railway line and spread to the Hawley Arms pub.

    It had been caused by a banned liquid petroleum gas heater at a clothes stall.

 

            
Collated by Philip Turnbull