Fire breaks out at London's Koko venue

Fire breaks out at London's Koko venue

Firefighters have contained a blaze at London's Koko after part of the venue's roof caught fire.

Eight fire crews were alerted to the blaze at the Camden High Street nightclub just before 9pm on Monday (January 6). The cause of the fire, which is being tackled by around 60 firefighters, is being investigated.

The venue, owned by businessman Oliver Bengough, has been closed since March 2019 to undergo a "major, state-of-the-art refurbishment" and was due to reopen in the spring of 2020.

London Fire Brigade tweeted that 30% of the roof was alight. Station Commander Jon Lewis, who was at the scene, said: "Firefighters quick action and hard work in the early stages meant the fire was contained to the roof and saved the rest of the building. Fire crews will remain at the scene throughout the morning."

Renamed Koko in 2004, having previously been known as Camden Palace, the venue has hosted album launches from Coldplay, Ariana Grande and Madonna, and performances from the likes of Prince, Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Amy Winehouse, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, J Cole, Skepta and Ed Sheeran.

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