Fire hits Tabernacle offices


An enormous fire has devastated a four-storey office building on Tabernacle Street in London. The fire service was called to the blaze at the office space, and the restaurant below, at around 4.30 on Thursday morning. At one point twenty fire engines and a hundred firefighters were working to control the fire in Shoreditch.

The fire, on the boundary of the City of London, sent clouds of thick white smoke over the capital’s financial centre. Streets in the surrounding area were closed, but no casualties have been reported. At this point, the cause of the blaze is unknown.

More than 24 hours after the blaze started, firefighters were still damping down hot spots. ‘This was a complicated fire spreading rapidly through different premises and onto a bitumen-covered roof, creating huge plumes of smoke across the city and presenting very difficult firefighting conditions,’ Ron Dobson, the London Fire Commissioner, said in a statement.

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