Large plumes of smoke are rising over central London after a fireplace broke out within the cellar of a pub in Trafalgar Sq. throughout a scorching heatwave.
Twenty fireplace engines and round 125 fireplace fighters have been despatched to deal with the blaze and London Hearth Brigade (LFB) has advised individuals to keep away from the realm.
The constructing was evacuated and police mentioned there had been no accidents.
The fireplace started beneath the floorboards of the Admiralty Pub on the south facet of the central London vacationer hotspot.
Half of the pub’s cellar was alight, in response to LFB, which added the reason for the hearth was not recognized.
Hearth crews have been alerted at ten minutes to 6pm and as of seven.40pm have been nonetheless working to extinguish the blaze.
Pictures and video on social media confirmed smoke billowing from the constructing some 30 yards from Nelson’s Column.
Hearth station commander Keith McDermott, on the scene, mentioned: “The fireplace is within the basement of a pub in Trafalgar Sq.. Because of this there can be heavy site visitors disruption and we ask individuals to keep away from the realm if doable.”
The Mall was closed in each instructions between Trafalgar Sq. and Horse Guards Street.
A spokesperson for Metropolitan Police advised The Impartial: “Police are aiding with street closures following stories of a hearth at an tackle in Spring Gardens SW1. No stories of any accidents at the moment.”