'Electrical fault' thought to be behind Camden Market fire

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'Electrical fault' thought to be behind Camden Market fire
20th May 2014

An electrical fault is thought to be behind a major fire which saw hundreds of people evacuated from Camden Market. 

Stall and shop owners this morning are counting the cost of the blaze which started in premises under the railway arches in Chalk Farm Road. 

More than 70 firefighters were called to Stables Market after smoke and flames were spotted in a shoe shop by a security guard at about 8pm. 

The blaze raged for two hours before being brought under control, causing damage to a number of shops. 

About 600 people were evacuated from the area, including a nearby supermarket.

The London Fire Brigade tweeted shortly after the fire broke out:

Crews from Kentish Town, Euston, West Hampstead, Lambeth, Holloway, Islington and Soho fire station battled the blaze. 

Borough Commander Richard Welch, who is at the scene said: “When firefighters arrived they were faced with a fire in a range of shops under railway arches and the smoke could be seen from miles around. 

“Firefighters worked hard to bring the blaze under control and stop it spreading further.”

No one was injured in the fire. 

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