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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fire in Shoreditch in London - News Updates

Massive fire breaks out in Shoreditch in London

A major fire in London brought a large part of the city's financial district to a halt on Thursday (March 11), when a four-floor building housing offices and a restaurant on Tabernacle Street caught fire.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. From the point of origin the blaze soon spread to adjoining areas till two floors were seen blazing and filling the air all around with thick fumes.

The smoke could be seen as far away as Hackney and Liverpool Street Station, with London Fire Brigade taking numerous calls from people in surrounding areas.

No one had been reported injured, the buildings were unoccupied when the fire was reported first in the early hours today at around 4:32 am. However largescale damage to property is feared.

More than 100 firefighters were tackling the fire that is believed to have started in a restaurant and spread through an entire office block in central London. The Tabernacle Street houses a number of stylish bars and restaurants, including the Soho Bar, The Windmill and The East Room.

Part of the ground floor and part of the first floor were still alight at the time of filing this report, according to the London Fire Brigade's Web site. About half of the roof was also on fire, according to Mark Bloomfield, station master at the fire brigade.

All major streets in the area including City Road were blocked off even as the area remained obscured in thick smoke making access by foot or vehicle difficult.

"Until the fire is completely doused it will be sometime before the extent of the fire can be properly assessed. Fire fighters have been unable to enter the building and it is still ablaze," a London reporter told

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