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Car destroyed by fire at underground carpark in Camden Town while ‘family on day trip’

Flames brought under control before spreading to other vehicles

11 August, 2017 — By William McLennan

ONE unlucky driver will return to their car to discover that it has been destroyed by fire at an underground carpark in Camden today.

The silver Mercedes, parked off Pratt Street, was wrecked by flames at around 10:20am this morning.

Two members of the public attempted to douse the flames with fire extinguishers before the fire brigade arrived. They sent four fire engines and 21 firefighters which did they managed to prevent spreading to any neighbouring vehicles in the busy carpark.

One members of staff, who asked not to be named, said: “The car came, parked up. Twenty minutes later two customers came and said there was a fire. They ran down their, got the fire extinguishers and I dialled 999. The fire brigade were here straight away.

“We are waiting for the customer to come back. We don’t know who they are. They’ve obviously come to Camden for the day. They’re not regulars, we looked at the CCTV and we don’t know who they are, it’s a family.”

“We were very lucky it was the only car in the bay, each of them holds to cars, so it was contained within the walls. Nothing else is damaged.”

The London Fire Brigade said in a statement: “Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers were called to a fire in an underground car park in Queensway, Camden. One car was damaged by the fire and a small part of the building was also damaged.

“The Brigade was called at 1020 and the fire was under control at 1056. Fire crews from Kentish Town, Euston and Paddington fire stations attended. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.”

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