A large fire rift through the South London Railroad Arch


On June 28, 2021, paramedics will attend a fire scene near Elephant and Castle Station in London, England. (Henry Nichols / Reuters)

London — On Monday, a big fire broke through the railroad arch next to Elephant and Castle Station in southern London, with a ball of flame and black smoke flying over the capital.

Police said the case was not terrorist-related. There were no immediate reports of the injured.

The London Fire Brigade said the train had detoured as 10 fire trucks and 70 firefighters were working on a flame running through three commercial units.

“Roads are closed and people are advised to avoid the area and keep windows and doors closed,” said the fire brigade.

Video footage released by the fire brigade showed black smoke rising high in the sky and then fireballs erupting from the archway.

Henry Nichols

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