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WATCH: Drone footage shows horror fire that ravaged KOKO nightclub in Camden
9 January 2020, 14:42
The London Fire Brigade has released drone footage showing the horrific fire that broke out at iconic Camden nightclub KOKO on Monday night.
Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters battled the fire, which covered around 30 per cent of the roof, according to the London Fire Brigade.
Firefighters attended shortly before 9pm earlier this week after receiving 22 calls about the blaze and said they were "working hard to save the rest of the building."
London Fire Brigade said on Twitter: "Drone footage from the Camden KOKO nightclub fire.
"Drones gave the Incident Commanders an aerial view, increasing their situational awareness of the blaze.
"They also enable us to access areas unsafe for firefighters.
"The cause of the fire is still under investigation."
The fire broke out on the roof of the nightclub in Camden Town, which has hosted performances from the likes of Amy Winehouse, the Rolling Stones and Ed Sheeran.
The whole team at KOKO are incredibly grateful for the swift action of the London Fire Brigade #LFB helping to contain the fire;our beloved KOKO is still standing ❤️.We will be back with an official statement once we have had time to properly assess the consequences of the fire pic.twitter.com/fC8hrUsH9B— KOKO (@KOKOLondon) January 7, 2020
Camden Council leader Georgia Gould described the fire as "heartbreaking" and praised the fire brigade for their "swift and courageous response."
MP Keir Starmer also called the fire "awful" but said the work of firefighters had been "incredible" and that "we owe them so much."
The legendary venue opened as The Camden Theatre in 1900, but was best known during its incarnation as the Camden Palace between 1982 and 2004.
It closed for refurbishment in March 2019 and was due to reopen this spring.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.