London Bridge fire: Train lines shut and buildings evacuated after blaze in railway arches

London Bridge fire: Train lines shut and buildings evacuated after blaze in railway arches

Train lines to and from London Bridge were disrupted and multiple buildings evacuated after a large fire in railway arches in Southwark on Wednesday morning.

London Fire Brigade said 10 fire engines and about 70 firefighters were scrambled to the scene in Union Street about 9.30am where a railway arch containing multiple vehicles was “completely alight”.

Both Southwark and London Bridge stations were closed while firefighters tackled the blaze, and are understood to remain shut. There are also severe delays on the Jubilee Line.

Southwark Street remains closed between Southwark Bridge Road and Lavington Street while crews continue to work to make the scene safe.

The blaze was said to be “under control” by 11.20am, but fire crews remained on the scene.

The fire brigade said there were no reports of injuries, adding that investigators will now launch a probe into the cause of the incident.

The fire is understood to have affected a car park beneath railway arches in Southwark, where several electric vehicles reportedly caught alight.

London: Southwark fire under railway arch at Union Street

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London Fire Brigade Station Commander Wayne Johnson, who was at the scene, said: “The blaze was producing heavy smoke and those living or working in the local area were advised to keep their windows and doors closed.

“Trains to and from London Bridge are affected and several buildings were evacuated.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan took to Twitter urging people to “please avoid the area and allow the London Fire Brigade to do their job”.

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