(LONDON) JUST IN: LFB REPORT: Around 70-firefighters are battling a blaze at the ‘Elephant & Castle” that has caused a huge plume of smoke to billow into the sky above #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.28: London Fire Brigade (LFB) said three commercial units were alight along with four cars and a telephone box.

London Fire Brigade. At ‘Elephant & Castle Fire: Huge blaze at railway arches and about 70 firefighters are battling the blaze at some railway arches near Elephant and Castle station according to BBC News

@stevendicostaA huge plume of smoke is visible above south London

Local residents have been warned to keep doors and windows closed and all trains have been stopped from running through the area.

Ten fire engines were called to the scene at about 13:45 BST, with the fire thought to have started in some garages close to the railway station.

Some people living in the area reported hearing several explosions.

Sara Scarpa, 25, who lives in 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,” she said.

@strutcakesThree commercial units are alight, firefighters say

Alex Lecki, who works in a restaurant in Elephant and Castle, said his entire building had been evacuated.

“We saw smoke billowing out… The smoke pillar started enveloping the apartment blocks as well and we kept hearing intermittent bangs,” the 30-year-old said.

He added that police had “indicated it could be some time” before they would be allowed to return.

Ben LovellLFB says it has received nearly 50 calls about the blaze

The Met said “significant road closures” were in place and people had been advised to avoid the area.

“The station has been evacuated and residential evacuations are taking now place,” they said.

Thameslink said trains between St Albans and Sutton and between London Blackfriars and Sevenoaks were affected by the closed rail lines.

Travellers have been advised to use buses, London Underground services or Southeastern services between London Victoria, Peckham Rye, Nunhead and London Bridge to complete their journeys.

@MuktaiTrains have been stopped from travelling through the area

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