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Palace Ablaze

Camden Palace
07th January 2020
 

The famous Camden Palace in London has gone up in flames with 30 per cent of the roof ablaze at one point. The fire broke out on Monday night (January 6) at about 9:00pm.

Currently called the Koko Nightclub, the property was closed for refurbishment.

A statement from the London Fire Brigade said 'the fast action and hard work of firefighters contained a Camden nightclub fire to the roof of the building'.

Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters tackled the incident, with firefighters remaining at the scene on Tuesday morning to ensure the fire was completely extinguished.

Station Commander Jon Lewis, who was at the scene said: "Firefighters quick action and hard work in the early stages meant the fire was contained to the roof and saved the rest of the building. Fire crews will remain at the scene throughout Tuesday morning."

At the height of the fire, it could be seen from across London especially from Hampstead Heath which sits above the Camden area. The club sits at the south end of Camden High Street almost opposite Mornington Crescent tube station.  

The Brigade was called at 2056 and the fire was under control by 0237. Fire crews from Euston, Kentish Town, Islington, Soho, Holloway and surrounding fire stations attended. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The venue was due to reopen in the spring of 2020. It has gone by gone number of names including the Camden Palace and the Camden Hippodrome (starting life in the 1900s as a theatre). It has played host as a live music venue to acts ranging from the Rolling Stones to the Village People and Madonna.

Picture: The Koko Nightclub on fire.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer – published 07th January 2020

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