Fire tears through Finsbury shop

More than 150 people had to be evacuated from a youth hostel when a fire broke out in a shop underneath overnight.

Four fire crews were called to the scene in Central Street, Finsbury, at around 10.15pm last night and found a blaze in the City Road Supermarket on the ground floor of the nine storey building in flames.

They quickly managed to contain the blaze and no other floors were affected by the fire, which was out within an hour-and-a-half.

One man was treated for smoke inhalation and police put road closures in place.

The cause is under investigation but is not being treated as suspicious.

An eye witness said the shop owner turned up as the firefighters tackled the fire.

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