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Gas heater caused the great fire of Camden say investigators

PUBLISHED: 09:25 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:14 07 September 2010

THE inferno that ripped through Camden Market was caused by a gas heater, an investigation has revealed. Almost six months on from the fire, which destroyed much of the Canal Market on February 9, a probe by London Fire Brigade has been completed. Materia

THE inferno that ripped through Camden Market was caused by a gas heater, an investigation has revealed.

Almost six months on from the fire, which destroyed much of the Canal Market

on February 9, a probe by London Fire Brigade has been completed.

Materials at a stall caught fire because an LPG heater had not been turned off, investigators found.

The report said: "On the evening of the incident, the market closed for business at about 7pm.

"At this time, stallholders became aware of a fire inside a stall that had been closed for the day a few minutes previously. Stall holders immediately alerted on-site security.

"Both stall holders and security staff used a number of fire extinguishers to tackle the fire.

"But they were forced to withdraw as the fire developed rapidly.

"The fire spread quickly due to the close proximity of other units, the materials they were constructed from - plastic and timber - and the nature of the contents."

Ninety stalls were wiped out by the fire and 500 people evacuated from the area, which still lies in rubble.

The popular Hawley Arms pub was also damaged and is yet to reopen.

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