Clampham Junction fire disrupts train lines between London

Published on : Friday, July 15, 2016

Clapham Junction fireFire in a warehouse close to Clampham Junction triggered commotion in train travel leading to disruption of train lines between the station and London on Wednesday night.

 

The train operators closed the lines between London Victoria and Clapham following an advice of the fire service.

 

The authorities called in at least a100 firefighters who came with 15 fire engines who asked the local residents to close their windows as a measure of protection against the fire.

 

A spokesperson of Southern Railways declared that the disruption would continue till Thursday and alerted passengers to be aware of the current situation prior to their travel. However, they were hopeful that the 2 a.m. train service would run uninterrupted.

 

As per a tweet by Southern Rail, passengers were told that they were incapable of operating services to and from London Victoria on account of a large fire in the area of Battersea Park that compelled Network Rail to close the rail lines between London Victoria and Clapham Junction. The tweet also asked passengers to travel to Blackfriars and change the mode of transport thereafter. Tickets would be available for London bus, London Underground or Thameslink Southeastern South West Trains.

 

Smoke billowed from the large fire and flames rose above the rooftops that were near the railway line.

 

The authorities made a call at the London Fire Brigade at 8.51 pm, after which crews were sent from Peckham, Chelsea, Tooting, Brixton and Lambeth.

 

Initially, 60 firefighters had approached the scene with eight fire engines before several others rushed there.

 

According to the London Fire Brigade, as many as 999 control officers received nearly 90 emergency calls associated to the fire incident.

 

The cause of the fire remains a mystery.

 

(Picture courtesy: Mirror Online)

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