60 firefighters tackle blaze at historic London nightclub Koko
The former Camden Palace had been closed for ‘a major state-of-the-art transformation’ and was due to reopen in spring 2020.
Firefighters have tackled a blaze at a historic music venue which has hosted acts such as Madonna, Ed Sheeran and Prince.
Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters tackled the flames at Koko in Camden High Street, north London, after being called shortly before 9pm on Monday.
London Fire Brigade said 30% of the building’s roof had been alight and warned people to stay away from the area.
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) January 7, 2020
The fast action and hard work of firefighters contained the #Camden nightclub fire to the roof of the building. Fire crews will remain at the scene throughout the day https://t.co/PkzjrSqAy6 pic.twitter.com/5v1hw5Ozks
The blaze was brought under control in the early hours of Tuesday, but the cause is not yet known.
Koko, formerly known as Camden Palace and the Camden Hippodrome, had been closed for refurbishment and was covered in scaffolding.
It was set to reopen in spring 2020 after a “major state-of-the-art” revamp, following the purchase of two adjacent buildings.
Fire crews from Euston, Kentish Town, Islington, Soho, Holloway and surrounding areas helped tackle the blaze at the venue, which is close to Mornington Crescent Underground station
Firefighters will remain at the scene throughout the day.