A huge fire has broken out at the Elephant and Castle station in south London. One person was injured this time. The BBC reports that one person was responsible for the ambulance paramedics.
More than a hundred firefighters and 15 fire engines pledged to put out the blaze, a tweet from firefighters announced, calling on residents to close doors and windows to protect themselves from thick smoke. Police, the Guardian writes, do not believe the incident was linked to terrorism.
The fire broke out in the arches at the entrance to the station. The first alarm was raised at 13.43 local time. The video, released by firefighters, shows thick smoke billowing from a storage or garage, followed by an explosion and fireball. Firefighters confirmed that three business units, four cars and a telephone booth were engulfed in flames under the curves.
At least one building has been vacated, a witness told the BBC the entire building where the restaurant where he works is located has been evacuated. “We saw smoke coming out, and the smoke column covered the apartment buildings as we heard intermittent barrels,” the 30-year-old said, referring to explosions felt by several witnesses.
A woman living nearby told the Guardian the sound of an explosion and the screams of people running up the windows.
The area under the station, now covered in black smoke, is called “Little Columbia” because there are small shops and food vendors from the South American country. The station has been closed and alternative routes have been set up.
Elephant and Castle Station is part of Thamesling, a passenger rail line serving London Gatwick and London Luton airports; It runs through London and is almost an underground line, with stations similar to underground stations and a train frequency every 4 minutes during emergencies.