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A heroic police officer rescued two small children from a blast that rocked Elephant and Castle train station earlier today (28 June). Watch below:
Dramatic footage caught the moment the officer could be seen dashing down some stairs near the station while carrying two children in his arms.
Earlier today, thick black smoke could be seen billowing out of the station after a large fireball erupted through the underground.
Shocking videos shared on social media showed plumes of smoke and a fiery explosion while people attempted to flee the scene.
It's believed that the fire broke out in some of the garages close to the station - as yet, it's not known what caused the fire.
London Fire Brigade deployed 10 fire engines to the area and urged people to stay away.
Um London wtf is going on?! pic.twitter.com/wbPMdpNijF
- Matthew James Lister (@MrMattLister) June 28, 2021
Three commercial units underneath the railway arches are completely alight and four cars and a telephone box are also alight near #ElephantandCastle Railway Station. Road closures are in place and people are advised to avoid the area and keep windows and doors closed pic.twitter.com/yALJKnVd8d
- London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) June 28, 2021
A spokesperson for the LFB told LADbible: "Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters have been called to a fire near Elephant and Castle Railway Station.
"Three commercial units underneath the railway arches are completely alight and four cars and a telephone box are also alight.
"The Brigade was called at 13.43. Fire crews from Old Kent Road, Lambeth, Soho, Whitechapel and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.
"The cause of the fire is not known at this time."
Station Commander James Ryan said: "There are significant road closures in place and we are asking people to avoid the area and keep windows and doors closed whilst firefighters work to bring the fire under control.
"The station and nearby buildings have been evacuated."
In an update on Twitter from around 4pm this afternoon, LFB said: "The fire in Elephant and Castle is now under control. Firefighters will remain at the scene for the next few hours to dampen down the scene. Road closures are still in place in the area."
We can confirm we treated six people at the scene in #ElephantandCastle and took one of them to hospital.
Thank you to #TeamLAS and our @LondonFire and @metpoliceuk colleagues for their brilliant work caring for Londoners in need this afternoon. https://t.co/3dBkTXOLo4
- London Ambulance Service (@Ldn_Ambulance) June 28, 2021
London Ambulance Service tweeted to say it had treated six people at the scene, with one of those people being taken into hospital.
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