Inferno rips through Camden Market

AN investigation was underway today following a huge fire at London's famous Camden market.

AN investigation was underway today following a huge fire at London's famous Camden market.

At its peak, some 100 firefighters tackled the blaze, which began at about 7.20pm yesterday.

Some residents have returned to their homes after being evacuated when the fire took hold on Saturday evening.

Although cordons in certain areas have been lifted, police have advised that the main roads could be closed for up to four days.

Although Camden Council set up an emergency shelter in a sports hall with 100 beds available, only six people, including three children, spent the night there after their homes were evacuated.

About 20 others were given accommodation at hotels.

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A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Chalk Farm Road and parts of Camden High Street, as well as surrounding one-way streets, are expected to be closed for the next three or four days."

The closures are to allow structural engineers to assess the damage to buildings, including the Hawley Arms, a popular Camden pub which is frequented by celebrities including singer Amy Winehouse.

Landlady Ruth Charles-Ridler said she was "devastated".

"Everyone I've spoken to is in complete shock,” she added.

The markets area is a major tourist spot attracting up to 300,000 visitors each weekend to its six open-air and indoor markets and vibrant mix of bars, clubs, shops and restaurants.