Battersea industrial estate hit by major fire

Battersea industrial estate hit by major fire

Up to 100 firefighters have tackled a major blaze that broke out close to one of the UK’s busiest railway stations.

Trains were hit with delays for more than six hours because of the fire in London’s Battersea, just metres away from Clapham Junction station.

Crews were called to Parkfield Industrial Estate, where flames leapt from rooftops alongside the track.

Southern Trains warned of delays across its network, but services were later restored and the fire is under control.

London Fire Brigade said some fire crews remained at the site and were damping it down.

Crews from Lambeth, Brixton, Tooting, Chelsea and Peckham to the scene in Culvert Place, after the first emergency call at 20:51 BST.

A fire service spokesman said: “Brigade 999 control officers have taken around 90 emergency calls to the incident.”

The brigade urged people living close to the estate to keep their doors and windows shut because of the smoke.

Delnaaz Ahmed, who lives near to where the fire occurred, said she was “worried that if there was an explosion, the trains would be hit”.

In a tweet, Southern Rail said delays would last into the early hours, with all lines shut between Clapham Junction and Victoria.

At about 04:30 however, the company confirmed all lines between the stations had been reopened.

Passengers had previously been are advised to travel to London Bridge or Blackfriars and change, with tickets valid on Thameslink Southeastern, South West Trains, London Underground and London Bus.

Original source: BBC News

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