Many small businesses have been forced to close
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West End businesses and theatres count cost of fire

Many central London businesses have been forced to close their doors for a second day after an electrical fire left homes and businesses in the area without power.

The fire broke out beneath a pavement in Kingsway, Holborn, on Wednesday and was put out on Good Friday morning.

Matthew Gardiner from ticketing specialist Shows in London said eight theatres had to cancel 10 performances over the past two days with a loss of £1.2 million.

"Now one of my big concerns would have been how many small businesses are dependant on these performances," he added.

BBC London's Marc Ashdown reports

  • 03 Apr 2015