WORDS TO THE WISE: Camden fire quotations from those involved

I saw yesterday that Ken Livingstone has jumped on the bandwagon and is promising to help people affected by the fire. I d be extremely surprised if that happens – we re going to remember his promise and write him a letter. I d like to see him repainting

I saw yesterday that Ken Livingstone has jumped on the bandwagon and is promising to help people affected by the fire. I'd be extremely surprised if that happens - we're going to remember his promise and write him a letter. I'd like to see him repainting our front room.

Leybourne Street resident Richard Webb is sceptical about the mayor's promises of help in the wake of the Camden fire.

It was like a volcano. There were bits of ash and debris flying through the air. Then a bus slipped down a hole and the fire fighters had to attend that as well. It really was Camden in chaos.

Antiques stallholder Florence Waller (pictured right) had just left for home when the blaze started.


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There were six markets in Camden and now there are five but everybody is asking me if they are going to rebuild Camden as if it has completely disappeared.

Camden Unlimited's Simon Pitkeathley has been trying to introduce a sense of perspective.

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The whole pub started smelling of smoke - I thought someone was having a barbecue. Then we heard there was a fire down the street. Even so, everyone stayed inside drinking for about another 20 minutes. We were eventually ordered to evacuate, and I took my bottle of wine outside with me.

Rebecca Young, who bought the last bottle of wine that will be purchased at the Hawley Arms for awhile.

It's like a big family so The Hawley will bounce back stronger than ever I'm sure.

Mighty Boosh funnyman Noel Fielding saw his favourite pub burn.

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