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Fire Tears Through London’s Camden Lock Market

Ten fire engines and crews from more than five stations were called to the scene. Photographs and video posted on social media showed an enormous blaze ripping through the girders of the building’s roof.

By Monday morning, 20 firefighters remained on the scene as the police investigated the cause.

The Camden market, which began as a small arts and crafts fair and blossomed into a sprawling market selling vintage clothing, antiques, souvenirs and other items, has long been a center of bohemian London. The area, which was the site of gin distilleries and warehouses in the 19th century, became an important part of London’s swaggering counterculture.


An image posted on Twitter early Monday showed the blaze at Camden Lock Market. Credit LuisDjLauk, via Reuters

In the 1970s, a vibrant music scene at Dingwalls, a storied venue for London night life, attracted a generation of bands like The Clash, The Sex Pistols and The Ramones, as well as habitués like the artists David Hockney and Lucian Freud.

Today, the market, which is popular with both tourists and Londoners, is filled with more than 1,000 stalls including street food vendors and independent shops.

Source: NYT > World

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