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Koko owner ‘deeply saddened’ by fire at famous venue

Owner says they'll 'do their best' to get refurb on-track

07 January, 2020 — By Samantha Booth

Firefighters remain at the scene this morning (Tuesday)

KOKO’s owner said he is “deeply saddened” following a fire at the famous venue last night.

Olly Bengough said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened by the fire that took place at KOKO last night and pleased to announce there have been no casualties. We want to thank the London Fire Brigade for its quick response and how well it handled the situation.”

He added: “The amount of support we have received from the public has been amazing and we’ll be doing our best to get the redevelopment of this iconic building back on-track.
We will provide further comments as circumstances become clearer.”

The firefighters who tackled the blaze managed to save the main building and said the damage had been contained to the roof. Crews remain at the scene this afternoon (Tuesday) and the cause is under investigation.

The Brigade was called at 8.56pm and the fire was under control by 02.37am.

The New Journal had been reporting from the scene last night as orange flames ripped through the top of the music venue, formerly known as the Camden Palace and the Music Machine. It is currently closed for a major refurbishment project.

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.”

Henry Conlon, owner of the Dublin Castle in Parkway, said: “Let’s remind ourselves of the wise words of our late Amy Winehouse. As Amy was scooping 5 Grammy awards she reminded the world that ‘Camden Town ain’t burning down!’. Let’s keep her spirit alive with this statement. Let’s pull together and be positive in the knowledge that KOKO will overcome this horrendous damage and become even more of the SuperClub status it deserves.

“Brighton has it’s pier, Paris has it’s Notre Dame and Camden Town has it’s own Palace…KOKO! Let the people of Camden and it’s Councillors do all they can to help rise this Pheonix from the ashes to bring this venue back to the pinnacle of London’s live music status in the UK and place Camden back upon the World’s stage of the best places to catch a performance.”

 

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