Koko Camden fire: Famous music venue engulfed in flames


We were called to a fire in a # Camden nightclub at 8:56 p.m. 30% of the roof is on fire.

The London Fire Brigade said it was called to the scene in Camden, in north London, shortly before 9pm.

Formerly known as the Camden Palace, the historic venue re-branded as KOKO more than a decade ago.

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Firefighters have contained a blaze at London's Koko after part of the venue's roof caught fire.

"The amount of support we have received from the public has been awesome and we'll be doing our best to get the redevelopment of this iconic building back on-track".

The building was closed for large refurbishments at the time of the fire, with most of the building covered in scaffolding.

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"Let's hope nobody has been hurt in the fire at Koko it's such a great venue". It was set to reopen this spring. Fire crews will remain at the scene throughout the morning.

"Hard work and dynamic action has helped prevent significant escalation and fire spread", Jonathan Smith, assistant commissioner for brigade control and mobilising, tweeted.

Camden Council leader Georgia Gould described the fire as "heartbreaking" and praised the fire brigade for their "swift and courageous response".

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The venue has been closed for around a year and was due to open this year after a £40 million refurbishment.