London firefighters battle Camden Market blaze

Witnesses said they could see smoke from miles away

London firefighters battle Camden Market blaze

Flames and smoke rise from a fire affecting a small area of Camden Market in London | Image: Yusof Abdul-Rahman/AP/Press Association Images

More than 70 firefighters have been battling a fire at London's Camden Lock Market this morning.

London Fire Brigade said 10 fire engines were sent to the scene just before midnight on Sunday.

Pictures on social media showing a significant fire and some witnesses saying they could see smoke from miles away.

The building affected had its first, second and third floors alight, as well as the roof.

Witness Joan Ribes (24) said: "We called the police to close the street to the traffic because it was very dangerous, the fire was flying through the air to the surrounding areas.

"The fire was moving very fast. People were watching, but we were scared the building could explode at any time since there are restaurants with kitchens nearby."

Other emergency services were also called to the fire, with London Ambulance Service saying that it had not treated any patients.

At about 3.20am, firefighters had the fire under control but will remain at the scene during the morning for "damping down".

The cause of the blaze is not known.

A different part of the market was damaged by a major fire in 2008, shutting the attraction for several months.