Stables Market to remain closed while investigation in Camden fire continues

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Stables Market to remain closed while investigation in Camden fire continues
20th May 2014

Stables Market will remain closed for the majority of the day whilst investigations continue into a major fire.

Traders returning to Chalk Farm Road in Camden this morning were told they would have to wait before returning to their stalls.

Many are concerned because they do not have insurance cover protecting their businesses and the level of damage caused by the blaze is still unclear.

Shash Seem, who owns two stalls, said: "We're not covered, we tried to get insurance, but because we're under the railway arches we couldn't be covered.

“Our units are not covered for fire."

More than 70 firefighters were called to blaze after smoke and flames were spotted in a shoe shop by a security guard shortly before 8pm.

A number of businesses were damaged by the fire, which raged for two hours before it was brought under control.

About 600 people were evacuated from the area.

The cause of the fire has not yet been established but the London Fire Brigade (LFB) suspect an electrical fault may be to blame.

A police cordon remains around the site and fire investigators are due to arrive at about 11am.

The market on the opposite side of the road was damaged in 2008 during another blaze dubbed the ‘great fire of Camden’.

LFB has confirmed there have been no casualties. 

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