An iconic former theatre in north London has been damaged in an overnight blaze, attended by more than 60 firefighters.
Koko in Camden, which is now a music venue, had been shut for a major refurbishment when the fire broke out last night (January 6).
Firefighters managed to contain the blaze to the roof of the building, with the full extent of the damage yet to be revealed.
According to the Theatres Trust, the grade II-listed venue is one of the few surviving theatre buildings designed by theatre architect WGR Sprague.
Opening in 1900 as Camden Theatre, the venue was one of the largest theatres outside of the West End. It was later used by the BBC as a live recording studio before becoming the Camden Palace, known for its rave events.
In a statement, the Theatres Trust said it was “saddened” by news of the fire.
National planning adviser Tom Clarke said: “Koko retained much of its original architectural and decorative significance, and we are grateful for the hard work of the London Fire Brigade in bringing the fire under control and hopefully containing it to the roof.
“We await further information as to the extent of damage to the internal fabric and structure.”
Owner of Koko, Olly Bengough, said: “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.”
Bengough 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.”
London Fire Brigade tweeted: “The fast action and hard work of firefighters contained the Camden nightclub fire to the roof of the building.
“Fire crews will remain at the scene throughout the day (January 7).”
In 2015 Battersea Arts Centre in south London was badly damaged by a fire that broke out while the building was also undergoing a major refurbishment.