Monday, 27 January, 2020

Main building at Koko saved by firefighters after nightclub blaze

Koko Camden fire: Famous music venue engulfed in flames Koko Camden: blaze strikes renowned London music venue
Ismael Spencer | 08 January, 2020, 00:18

Fire crews from Euston, Kentish Town, Islington, Soho, Holloway and surrounding areas helped tackle the blaze at the historic north London nightclub, which is close to Mornington Crescent Underground station Firefighters will remain at the scene throughout the day. At its peak there were flames pouting out of the roof of tghe vnue which is steeeped in musical history.

About a third of the roof of the nightclub, which in previous incarnations was known as The Music Machine and Camden Palace, was alight as firefighters tried to save the rest of the venue.

London Fire Brigade tackle the blaze at Camden's Koko.

Formerly known as Camden Palace and the Camden Hippodrome, Koko was being refurbished and covered in scaffolding when the fire began.

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Cllr Oliver Cooper (Con, Hampstead Town) was among those to tweet his concern as the fire ripped through the building. Please avoid the area if possible'.

The venue is one of London's most famous stages having hosted the likes of Iron Maiden, The Clash, Macy Gray, Ed Sheeran, The Rolling Stones, Madonna and Prince in the past, often as secret concerts.

The legendary London venue has been closed since March 2019 for £ 40m renovation work.

Hopeful union leader and local MP Keir Starmer also added his voice, tweeting, "Terrible news in Camden tonight". Incredible response from our firefighters.

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