Thick black smoke billows through central London as HUGE fire breaks out near Waterloo

A passenger on a train attempting to travel through Waterloo has filmed smoke coming from the tracks as it has been reported a car park is on fire. Trains are now being evacuated as emergency services head to the scene. Twitter user @cokes_xxx wrote: “The smoke is now coming up the train and we have to be evacuated. Why does this country take so long to react! We are still sitting here between stations while the smoke is getting thicker.”

A spokesperson for Southeastern Railway announced “severe” delays in a statement on Twitter.

They wrote: “We’ve received reports of a fire between #WaterlooEast and London Bridge. Emergency services are onsite and the line is blocked as it’s not safe to pass.

“Due to a fire next to the track between #WaterlooEast 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.”

The fire is reportedly underneath the tracks between London Bridge Stationa and Waterloo East.

Ten fire engines and 70 firefighters are currently tackling the blaze at the railway arches on Union Street in Southwark. 

An update from passengers on the train has confirmed they are being taken away from London Bridge and “let off” at another station. 

Station Commander Wayne Johnson from the London Fire Brigade, 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.”

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The London Fire Brigade has received more than 33 calls in relation to the blaze. 

The first call came in at 9.29am with fire crews from Dowgate, Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Shadwell and surrounding fire stations attending the scene. 

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

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