More than 2,000 people evacuated after electrical fire breaks out in Kingsway, Holborn

 
Catherine Neilan
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The flames from a fire in Holborn erupt from a manhole cover today (Source: Getty)

More than 2,000 people have been evacuated from offices near Holborn after a cable fire erupted under the pavement on Kingsway.

Around 70 firefighters have attended the electrical fire which forced the cancellation of a number of West End shows.

Police have declared it "a major incident". Kingsway has been closed at both ends and motorists have been told to find alternative routes.

The Royal Courts of Justice and parts of the London School of Economics are among the buildings to have been evacuated. Both Temple and Holborn Tube Station were shut, but have since been reopened.
But the fire crews are waiting for utility companies to disconnect the power supplies before they are able to start tackling the blaze. As of 4pm, LFB said it was still trying to identify the source of the fire.


Crowds forming by the police cordon (Source: Getty)


Police and firefighters were on the scene. Luckily no one has been injured (Source: Getty)


The fire was coming from underground, but fire crews were unclear of the cause (Source: Getty)

The alarm was raised this afternoon after smoke was seen coming out of an inspection cover on the pavement. No injuries have been reported.
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Some social media users posted images of the scene - plenty of smoke, but also definitely flames coming from manholes - while others explained why no work was being done:
https://twitter.com/stuarthandmodel/status/583285196398596096
It may have ruined Wednesday afternoon work (goshdarnit) but it has helped enhance the atmosphere of local eateries.
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