London fire: Six injured in huge fire near Elephant and Castle station
Six people were injured after an enormous fire broke out beneath Elephant and Castle train station in the London Borough of Southwark in south London, UK, on Monday, 28 June 2021. The London Fire Brigade was called at 13h43 and the fire was under control by 17h58. Fire crews from Old Kent Road, Lambeth, Soho, Whitechapel and surrounding fire stations attended the scene. Local residents reported hearing a number of explosions. 15 fire engines and 100 fire fighters were on scene to tackle to blaze. Police officers and the London Ambulance Service are supporting London Fire Brigade at the scene. The station has been evacuated and residential evacuations also took place.”
London Fire Brigade’s statement read, “15 fire engines and around 100 fire fighters were called to a fire near Elephant and Castle Railway Station. Three commercial units underneath the railway arches were completely destroyed by the fire. Eight cars that were inside the garage and a further six that were outside and one telephone box were also destroyed by the blaze. Four men left the scene before the Brigade arrived, six people were treated by the London Ambulance Service at the scene and one person was taken to hospital. Around 600 people were evacuated from surrounding properties as a precaution and all trains were stopped from coming into the over ground station.”
Station Commander James Ryan, who was at the scene, said, "There were significant road closures in place and people were asked to avoid the area. Local people were advised to keep their windows and doors closed whilst fire fighters worked to bring the fire under control. The station and nearby buildings were evacuated."
The Brigade's 999 Control Officers took 46 calls to the blaze.
Of the six people treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service crew, one was taken to hospital. A police officer was among those who needed treatment for the effects of smoke inhalation, according to the mayor of London.
Network Rail warned that it appeared signalling equipment had been damaged in the blaze, although engineers were unsure of the extent.
Fire investigators have been trawling for clues as to how the fire started in the charred remains of the garage.
Sources: London Fire Brigade, Evening Standard, BBC