Southwark fire: Firefighters rush to tackle blaze with trains ‘severely disrupted’ in capital

A total of ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters are tackling the blaze, London Fire Brigade has confirmed

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Firefighters have rushed to tackle a fire on a railway arch in Southwark which has caused trains to be “severely disrupted”.

A total of ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters are tackling the blaze on Union Street, London Fire Brigade has confirmed.

The Brigade was called at 9:29am on Wednesday.

Fire crews from Dowgate, Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Shadwell and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

Firefighters have rushed to the scene
Firefighters have rushed to the scene
Smoke billowed across the surrounding areas
Smoke billowed across the surrounding areas

Station Commander Wayne Johnson, who is at the scene, said: "The blaze is producing heavy smoke and those living or working in the local area are advised to keep their windows and doors closed.

"Trains to and from London Bridge are affected and several buildings have been evacuated."

While Network Rail added: “A fire broke out in an arch under (the) railway.

“London Fire Brigade are on site with multiple pumps and we have closed the railway until we can confirm it’s safe.”

It added: “We’re working with London Fire Brigade and we will need to inspect the railway once the fire out before we can reopen. Thank you for bearing with us.”

Train operator Southeastern also wrote on Twitter: “Due to a fire next to the track between Waterloo East and London Bridge, services across all routes through London Bridge are severely disrupted.

“Trains are being diverted to other London terminals or terminated at alternative locations.