Underground Blaze Affected Central London: No Injuries, But Blackout!!
Due to a huge
power cut in Central London, almost 5000 homes and business have no electricity
last night. A fierce blaze broke out in Central London which led to a huge
chaos, as phone lines were not working, workers left their offices and judges
have to leave court. A thick black smoke had been observed puffing up from a
manhole at Holborn in Westend when firefighters were informed.
According to the
witnesses, there was immense struggling for breath and the area was fully
stacked which led to huge piling up of street and traffic. Last night shows of
The Lion King, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Play that Goes Wrong
have been also cancelled.
In the evening by 7:20 pm,
firefighters took control of the burning manhole as they smashed opened it with
sledgehammers and drenched lots of water there. After the widening of the hole,
two jets of water were also directed to extinguish the underground blaze
faulty cables were the cause of this huge blaze followed by thick smoky clouds
in the air and surrounded all the nearby buildings. Within a three-meter wide
tunnel which is almost of 400 meters in length, i.e. between Great Queen Street
and Aldwych in Central London. High Court will remain closed for another day,
whereas Rolls Building will be opened for some urgent cases.
Letters Live at Freemasons’ Hall has been cancelled last night which stars
Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch! There were ten fire engines and 70
firefighters an officers. No injuries reported!
According to the
assistant commissioner of London Fire Brigade, Peter Cowup, “Crews worked
closely with the various electricity companies involved to identify the source
and extent of the fire which was underground.”
added, “As this was likely to be an electrical fire we had to ensure the power
was off before we applied water to extinguish it. We worked with our partners
and implemented a well-rehearsed plan to prevent the fire from spreading and to
protect surrounding properties.
'The power has
now been isolated and so the fire is contained. Crews are now able to access
what remains of the fire and will be at the scene into the night damping down.”
According to a spokesperson, the fire also affected ten bus routes in London.