London: Moment huge FIREBALL ‘explodes in garage’ under Elephant & Castle station

This is the extraordinary moment a huge fireball exploded from under Elephant and Castle station today and sent onlookers dashing for cover as enormous plumes of black smoke envelope south London.

A witness to the blaze in railway arches on Elephant Road filmed the moment the fireball exploded this afternoon, while others posted images of the massive smoke clouds filling the skies of the capital. 

Ten fire engines and 70 firefighters are tackling the blaze, London Fire Brigade said. The service received 50 reports of a fire in a nearby garage from at 1.43pm. It is not known if there have been any injuries. 

Workers from the Elephant and Castle shopping centre demolition site appear to have gone to their fire marshalling area while police direct traffic away from the closed New Kent Road.  








This is the extraordinary moment a huge fireball breaks out near Elephant and Castle station and sends onlookers dashing for cover as enormous plumes of black smoke enveloping south London

This is the extraordinary moment a huge fireball breaks out near Elephant and Castle station and sends onlookers dashing for cover as enormous plumes of black smoke enveloping south London

This is the extraordinary moment a huge fireball breaks out near Elephant and Castle station and sends onlookers dashing for cover as enormous plumes of black smoke enveloping south London

London Fire Brigade received a report of a fire in a garage near Elephant and Castle station at 1.43pm and have sent 10 fire engines and 70 firefighters to tackle the blaze. It is not known if there have been any injuries

London Fire Brigade received a report of a fire in a garage near Elephant and Castle station at 1.43pm and have sent 10 fire engines and 70 firefighters to tackle the blaze. It is not known if there have been any injuries

London Fire Brigade received a report of a fire in a garage near Elephant and Castle station at 1.43pm and have sent 10 fire engines and 70 firefighters to tackle the blaze. It is not known if there have been any injuries








One witness said on Twitter: 'Smoke still pouring out, the area under the station is called Little Columbia and there are numerous small Colombian shops and eateries which are now covered in thick black smoke. Ambulances and fire fighting crew in attendance'

One witness said on Twitter: 'Smoke still pouring out, the area under the station is called Little Columbia and there are numerous small Colombian shops and eateries which are now covered in thick black smoke. Ambulances and fire fighting crew in attendance'

One witness said on Twitter: ‘Smoke still pouring out, the area under the station is called Little Columbia and there are numerous small Colombian shops and eateries which are now covered in thick black smoke. Ambulances and fire fighting crew in attendance’

A witness to the blaze in a garage near the station filmed the moment the fireball broke out this afternoon, while others posted images of the massive smoke clouds filling the skies of the capital

A witness to the blaze in a garage near the station filmed the moment the fireball broke out this afternoon, while others posted images of the massive smoke clouds filling the skies of the capital

A witness to the blaze in a garage near the station filmed the moment the fireball broke out this afternoon, while others posted images of the massive smoke clouds filling the skies of the capital

A witness to the blaze in a garage near the station filmed the moment the fireball broke out this afternoon, while others posted images of the massive smoke clouds filling the skies of the capital

A witness to the blaze in a garage near the station filmed the moment the fireball broke out this afternoon, while others posted images of the massive smoke clouds filling the skies of the capital








One onlooker wrote on Twitter: ‘Smoke still pouring out, the area under the station is called Little Columbia and there are numerous small Colombian shops and eateries which are now covered in thick black smoke. Ambulances and fire fighting crew in attendance.’ 

Local residents have described how they can smell and see the smoke from their windows. 

Sara Scarpa, who lives in a nearby apartment building Hurlock Heights, said: ‘We opened the window for a sec as you could hear people shouting, and we smelt something very very strong. The smoke (was) dying down a little… we heard an explosion and now it started again.’

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said ‘at this early stage, the incident is not believed to be terror-related’. They added: ‘Police were called at approximately 13:47hrs in response to a fire on Elephant Road, SE17. 

‘Officers and the London Ambulance Service are supporting London Fire Brigade at the scene. There are significant road closures in place and the public are advised to avoid the area. The station has been evacuated and residential evacuations are taking now place.’ 

This is a breaking news story. More to follow. 

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