Reports of this major fire down in Bunhill on the City fringe have been coming through all morning.
Richard was diverted on his way to work, texting me to report “Luckily was walking in as City Road closed but still had to double back and divert to get past. They have blocked off a huge area”.
A friend reported smelling smoke from inside the Barbican.
And now an offcial notice has come from Islington Police:
Islington Police are in attendance at a fire on Tabernacle Street , EC2.
We were notified by LFB at approximately 4:50 this morning (11th March 2010).
It is understood the fire started at the Sosho Restaurant before spreading to neighbouring buildings.
There are no reported injuries at this stage.
It is too early to say re the cause of the fire; however officers from Islington CID will liaise with the LFB Fire Investigation Unit.
A number of roads are closed in the vicinity: –
Tabernacle Street is closed
City Road from Old Street to Finsbury Square is closed.
Worship Street – partial closures are in place.
There are closures in the block around Tabernacle Street , Paul Street and Bonhill.
We understand that the fire is now under control.”
Good news at least that no-one is hurt: bad news for people trying
to navigate the area for a while to come.