Around a hundred firefighters are working to put out a large fire that broke out near Elephant and Castle train station in Southwark, London.
As reported by the London Fire Brigade, in addition to six cars and a telephone booth, three commercial properties in the area are “completely on fire”. Videos shared on social media show a large cloud of smoke rising into the sky.
NEW: Major fire and explosion at Elephant and Castle station in London; not a word about injuries pic.twitter.com/mWJkCH4aHJ
– BNO news (@BNONews) June 28, 2021
Police officers present at the scene, quoted by Sky News, have stated that the smoke is coming from the train station and not the subway. Trains on the Northern London public transport line do not stop at the station while traffic is blocked on the main line of the UK rail system, Thameslink.
The fire brigade urged citizens to “avoid the area and close all doors and windows”. Scotland Yard has already ruled out that it was a terrorist act.