Crews tackle London market fire

Up to 100 firefighters are tackling a major blaze at London’s famous Camden Market.

There are no reports of casualties so far but London Fire Brigade said people were reported trapped in the fire.

Firefighters were alerted by a 999 call at about 7.20pm on Saturday to a blaze at the north side of the market, on Chalk Farm Road.

Police have sealed off roads near the blaze and some houses and flats are being evacuated.

Revellers from local pubs and bars have been moved away from the danger area, where flames are leaping up to 30ft in the air.

Crowds have been dispersed because of fears there may be gas canisters within the area.

Twenty fire appliances and about 100 firefighters are in attendance.

London Ambulance Service said it has ambulances and a hazardous response team at the scene.

One onlooker John Fearnley from nearby Kentish Town said he spotted the blaze at about 7.10pm, adding: “It’s definitely getting bigger. I think that it’s spread to a neighbouring building.”

Camden Town is a major tourist attraction attracting up to 300,000 visitors each weekend.

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blogger edit: it’s actually the Canal market that’s ablaze.

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