Golders Green fire still 'under investigation'
PUBLISHED: 10:52 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:00 12 June 2017
Police are still investigating the cause of the huge fire at Kay's kosher supermarket, which started early on Sunday morning and was not fully extinguised until the evening.
An eye witness said that there is still major disruption this morning, with a large part of the road closed, as well as police and fire engines still at the scene, with a large amount of water still on the road.
The Fire Brigade was called at 7.32 and the fire was under control by 19.40, but crews remained at the scene, damping down hotspots into the night.
Three people were rescued from the kosher supermarket on Princess Parade and 25 people were evacuated before the Fire Brigade arrived.
All of the ground floor of the supermarket and a large section of the first floor was alight, and more than 95 firefighters and officers tackled the fire.
A spokeswoman from the Community Security Trust, a Jewish charity which combats antisemitism, said: “At the moment we are not treating the fire as suspicious, we’re awaiting police advice.”
Police say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Station Manager Paul Fitzgerald, who was at the scene, said: “Crews used specialist cutting equipment to break in through the shop’s roller shutters at the front of the building and worked quickly in very difficult and smoky conditions to rescue three people via ladder and lead two to safety. The alarm was raised by a member of the public who noticed smoke coming from the building.”
There were 15 fire engines and an aerial ladder platform from stations including Hendon, West Hampstead, Finchley and Mill Hill fire stations were at the scene.
Friendly passersby bought the fire brigade pizza as they worked at the scene long into the evening.
A number of people wewre treated for injuries, primarily smoke inhalation.
There was a heavy smell of smoke in the roads around Golders Green and Temple Fortune all day.
Officers from Barnet are working closely with colleagues from the LFB to establish the cause of the fire.
They say that due to the extensive damage caused by the fire, this is expected to take some time.