Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called to the blaze on Union Street in Southwark on Wednesday morning, where the railway arch was completely alight according to London Fire Brigade

19 August 2022

Rail services have been disrupted and buildings evacuated due to a large fire causing “bursts of black smoke” under railway arches in central London.

Train operator Southeastern said all routes through nearby London Bridge station were “severely disrupted”.

Many people near the scene commented on the incident, one being Local student Lauren Chopin who lives in an apartment two minutes’ walk from the fire and said she had to wear a mask in her apartment due to the fumes.

London Fire Brigade station commander Wayne Johnson said from the scene: “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.”

The fire service said it had taken more than 33 emergency calls regarding the blaze, which it was first alerted to at 9.29 am.

The blaze spread to a car park where several electric vehicles also caught fire.

Train operator Southeastern 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.