Early morning fire damages the Egg Stores in Stamford Hill

Fire fighters were called at 12:58 am this morning to tackle a blaze, at the Egg Stores near the Stoke Newington one way system.

Twenty people from the flats above evacuated before the arrival of the Brigade, and fortunately no one was injured. Part of the shop was damaged and there was smoke throughout the building.

Two fire engines and around 10 firefighters from Stoke Newington were at the scene and were able to bring it under control by 2:05 am. The fire is under investigation but LFB believe it was accidental.

A person Hackney Hive spoke to at the Egg Stores, said she wasn’t able to speak and was ‘traumatized’ by events. Lib Dem Councillor for Cazenove ward, Abraham Jacobson, sent a twitter message claiming the fire was caused by a ‘freezer’.  He also added the store is “renowned for the best Herrings in London”.

The store with a peculiar name that sits across the road from Abney Park, has been a land mark in the Stoke Newington/Stamford Hill area for decades. It is a one stop shop for all things kosher, Jewish and more.  You name it, Hanukkah candles, Yahrzeit candles, Shabbat candles (basically any kind of candle a Jew would ever need) as well as Matzo meal, noodle soup mix, kosher sweets and of course things everybody need like loo paper and bleach.

This is the 4th fire within five days in and around  Hackney.  A 32 year old man died on  Sunday morning in a fire at a former hostel on Lower Clapton Road, occupied by squatters. Two days later, a woman was rescued from her flat in Narford Road, Upper Clapton, after she left a candle burning near a curtain. The woman was taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation and minor burns.

On Wednesday, a fire broke out at a building site in Clifden Road in Clapton. Smoke from the fire which was quickly brought under control, could be seen from the Olympic Park.

About Remi

Remi Hackney Hive founder, publisher and contributor. Hackneyite and all round Girl Friday, who couldn't wait to leave Hackney and London behind her. After hitching her wagon in California, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana for 18 years, with a brief spell in Mexico, the prodigal daughter returned, happy to put an unconventional and risqué past behind her. She is owned by her two dogs Deffer(a Jack Russell & Darcy a Jack Russell/Pomeranian mix) and proprietor of London’s finest and long established pet sitting service. The big smoke is home for the moment, but she desperately yearns wide open spaces, where she hopes to call home in the near future.


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