Fire Ravages London Landmark

Camden Town is a big draw for tourists, celebrities
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2008 4:45 PM CST
Firefighters tackle a blaze at the Hawley Arms, a famous pub near London's famous Camden Market. (AP Photo/Carl Court/PA)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A huge fire has devastated the popular market area of Camden Town, a tourist attraction in north London that was filled with weekend revelers when the blaze broke out, the Guardian reports. No casualties were reported; the fire took 3-plus hours to put down. The site, which mixes open-air markets, wooden stalls, bars, and restaurants, generally draws some 300,000 people on weekends.

"This will come as a terrible blow to their livelihoods and the area generally," said one local politician. The fire severely damaged the Hawley Arms, a popular pub that draws the likes of singer Amy Winehouse, the BBC reports. The blaze, which caused the evacuation of nearby residents, apparently broke out in a row of shops, but the cause is unknown.