Hot Water Comedy Club evacuated after blaze as smoke fills building

Crowds gather outside Blackstock Market after a skip fire on Sunday, 23 June.
-Credit: (Image: @blackstockmarketlpool/Instagram)

A Hot Water Comedy Club show carried on in the street after Blackstock Market was evacuated on Sunday.

The venue confirmed on social media that the "comedy roast battle" carried on in the street when, for the second time in three months, a skip was set alight behind the building. The market, on Blackstock Street, was then forced to evacuate due to smoke entering the building, Blackstock Market's Instagram page confirmed on Sunday night.

Kyle Legacy took on Chris Knight as the roast battle continued outside. Director of Hot Water Comedy Club, Paul Blair, told the ECHO: "The fire alarms went off midway through our weekly comedy roast battle night, held every Sunday at the brand-new Blackstock Market.

"The staff quickly evacuated the venue upon confirming that there was a fire in a skip on the street behind the building, dangerously close to our venue.

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"The fire brigade was called and swiftly managed to extinguish the fire. Thankfully, nobody was injured, and the building did not sustain any significant damage.

"In true Hot Water Comedy Club fashion, the show continued further up the street. The remaining roast battles carried on in front of the 300 people in attendance, ensuring the laughter didn’t stop.

"Although Blackstock Market is only 12 weeks old, this is the second fire incident we’ve faced behind our building. Despite these challenges, the show must go on!"

The post, published alongside a video of people crowded around the comedians outside the market on Blackstock Street, said: "Tonight, for the second time in three months, someone set fire to a skip in the street behind our venue, dangerously close to our building. This incident led to a full evacuation due to the smoke entering the venue. Thankfully, everyone is safe, and there is no significant damage to the building.

"In true Hot Water Comedy fashion, the show carried on in the street! Now, there are over 300 people in Liverpool at 11pm on a Sunday night enjoying our first-ever outdoor comedy roast battle. As they say, the show must go on!"

Blackstock Street Market opened earlier this year, hosting eight street food traders as well as a self-service beer wall. It has become the new home of Hot Water Comedy after it was founded in 2010.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service confirmed it was called to the scene of the fire. A spokesperson told the ECHO: "Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service attended an incident on Blackstock Street, in the L3 area of Liverpool on the evening of Sunday 23rd June.

"Crews were alerted at 22.33 and on scene at 22.38, with one fire engine attending. On arrival this was one skip well alight, one firefighter in breathing apparatus (BA) was deployed under general observations with one hose reel jet.

"The fire was fully extinguished shortly after, and crews continued to dampen down the skip. Alarms within Blackstock Market actuated due to smoke from the nearby fire.

"Fire Service personnel used a PPV fan to ventilate the property and clear a small amount of smoke. Crews then left the scene at 22.59."

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