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‘Large fireball’ explosion at London station blocks tracks with smoke swirling
June 28, 2021
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A huge blaze has broken out an a London Underground station with witnesses claiming they heard an "explosion".
Black smoke could be seen billowing for miles after the incident at Elephant and Castle tube station after a "large fireball" appeared to erupt there.
Terrified witnesses posted the shocking images on social media, explaining that they had been “engulfed” in black smoke at around 1.45pm on Monday afternoon, with 10 fire engines and 70 firefighters attending the scene.
Thameslink confirmed there was a fire next to the track at the Elephant and Castle station.
"All lines through Elephant & Castle are currently blocked. The fire brigade are assessing the situation," they tweeted.
Shocked witnesses described seeing an "explosion and a massive ball of fire".
One wrote on Twitter: "Lots of black smoke, then an explosion and large fireball erupted. I'm now engulfed in black smoke so can't see any more."
Another said on social media: "Smoke still pouring out, the area under the station is called Little Columbia and there are numerous small Colombian shops and eateries which are now covered in thick black smoke."
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"Ambulances and fire fighting crew in attendance."
London Fire Brigade wrote on Twitter: "Early video from the scene of the blaze at railway arches in #ElephantCastle.
"We have 10 fire engines & 70 firefighters attending & have taken nearly fifty 999 calls. Please avoid the area."
The brigade later said: "Three commercial units underneath the railway arches are completely alight and four cars and a telephone box are also alight near #ElephantandCastle Railway Station.
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"Road closures are in place and people are advised to avoid the area and keep windows and doors closed
Onlookers reported seeing a large emergency services presence, including police cars, ambulances and fire engines.
The cause of the explosion is as yet unclear.
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Another witness said: "The security perimeter around the fire is being extended."
Another said: "Every now and then new, darker plumes of smoke rise up. Hope no one is hurt."
A British Transport Police spokesman confirmed that they were on the scene and assisting with the incident.
Transport for London said the fire was not in their part of Elephant and Castle station so their network has not been directly affected.