In Pictures: Fire On Dean Street, Soho

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By M@ Last edited 103 months ago
In Pictures: Fire On Dean Street, Soho
Smoke billows from the upper storey of buildings on Dean Street.
Smoke billows from the upper storey of buildings on Dean Street.
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Firemen plug in hoses on Wardour Street, feeding them into the Soho Hotel's Refuel Bar.
Firemen plug in hoses on Wardour Street, feeding them into the Soho Hotel's Refuel Bar.
Closeup of watermains on Wardour Street.
Closeup of watermains on Wardour Street.
From the southern end of Dean Street, the BT Tower appears shrouded in smoke.
From the southern end of Dean Street, the BT Tower appears shrouded in smoke.
Around 100 members of the fire service attended the seen. Here are two of 'em.
Around 100 members of the fire service attended the seen. Here are two of 'em.
The fire caused traffic chaos with much of eastern Soho cordoned off. Oxford Street was closed to westbound traffic.
The fire caused traffic chaos with much of eastern Soho cordoned off. Oxford Street was closed to westbound traffic.

Over 100 firefighters were called out to a blaze in Soho's Dean Street this afternoon. Much of eastern Soho was cordoned off, including the westbound side of Oxford Street. Latest word is that the fire was caused by a faulty air conditioning duct at 76 Dean Street. No one is thought to have been injured in the fire. All images and video by M@.

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Last Updated 10 July 2009

cobo04

Saw this from my office window (I work at Blackfriars), wondered what it was.

Not quite the air conditioner I'd want in an office but better that than if the fire was caused by a smoke detector !!

DeanN

During the higher temperatures last week, the facilities woman brought an air conditioner into our office, with the warning that we should keep an eye on it as it was liable to overheat and perhaps catch fire. We switched it off, deciding it was better to be be a little hot under the collar than boiled in our tanks, frankly.