Fire breaks out near London's Elephant & Castle station

Big fire breaks out near London's Elephant & Castle station

Elephant and Castle is a busy traffic intersection and a major rail hub

A fire is seen near Elephant and Castle station in London, Britain. Credit: Reuters Photo

A big fire has broken out near the central London train station of Elephant and Castle, sending huge plumes of black smoke over the capital.

Responding to videos posted on Twitter, the London Fire Brigade said Monday that 10 fire engines and 70 firefighters were battling the blaze at railway arches near the station, which is just south of the River Thames and near some major London landmarks, including the London Eye.

It urged people to avoid the area and to close all doors and windows.

Elephant and Castle is a busy traffic intersection. It also is a major rail hub, home to a busy subway station on the Northern Line as well as overground trains.

No further details were immediately available. 

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