As many as 2,000 people were evacuated from Kingsway in the Holborn area of central London today, as firefighters worked to tackle an electrical blaze.
Emergency services were alerted to the fire shortly after 12:30pm, when a large amount of thick black smoke was seen coming out of an inspection cover on the pavement.
Some six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers are at the scene, where a large safety cordon is in place. Fire crews are now waiting for utility companies to turn off power so they can tackle the flames “effectively”, a spokesman for London Fire Brigade said.
TfL is currently tweeting updates on the situation.
Underground, Overground, and DLR lines appear to be unaffected by the fire.
Holborn, Temple and Monument stations have re-opened following an earlier closure.
Holborn station is currently closed while we respond to a local power failure— TfL Travel Alerts (@TfLTravelAlerts) April 1, 2015
Temple station has now re-opened.— TfL Travel Alerts (@TfLTravelAlerts) April 1, 2015
As for those trying navigate the city by car, TfL Traffic News has tweeted:
Holborn Fire- full closure remains on Kingsway & Waterloo Bdge (n/bound). Kingsway likely to stay closed until tommorow.— TfL Traffic News (@TfLTrafficNews) April 1, 2015
Holborn Fire (cont.)- however, queues are easing on diversion & Waterloo Bridge should be opening to n/bound traffic soon!— TfL Traffic News (@TfLTrafficNews) April 1, 2015
Holborn Fire - Route 19 38 are on diversion Frm Clerkenwell Rd via Grays Inn Road, Euston Rd, Gower St, Shaftesbury Ave.— TfL Bus Alerts (@TfLBusAlerts) April 1, 2015
Holborn Fire - Routes 55 243 are curtailing to Clerkenwell Green— TfL Bus Alerts (@TfLBusAlerts) April 1, 2015
Holborn Fire – Routes 8 25 242 are curtailing to Holborn Circus— TfL Bus Alerts (@TfLBusAlerts) April 1, 2015
Holborn Fire – 4 & 26 diverting via Blackfriars Bridge, Stamford St. Route 6 & 9 curtailing to Trafalgar Sq. RV1 curtailing to Waterloo— TfL Bus Alerts (@TfLBusAlerts) April 1, 2015
Holborn Fire - Route 168 is currently operating a split service from Hampstead heath to Russell Sq & Old Kent Rd to Waterloo.— TfL Bus Alerts (@TfLBusAlerts) April 1, 2015
The fire has hit near the heart of London's West End, where many theatres are based. The Aldywch Theatre has tweeted that tonight's performance of the Carole King musical Beautiful has been cancelled, likely due to the fire. However, a performance at the Royal Opera House will continue as planned.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, tonight's performance of @BeautifulinLDN has been cancelled.— Aldwych Theatre (@TheAldwych) April 1, 2015
Holborn Fire update: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny to go ahead http://t.co/jYx0xai04Y ^C— Royal Opera House (@RoyalOperaHouse) April 1, 2015
Stagings of The Lion King, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Play That Goes Wrong have all been affected by the blaze, according to the website What's on Stage.
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