Track­side blaze sparks chaos for rush-hour com­muters

The Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

NEIL LANCEFIELD

Place, Har­row, north-west Lon­don.

A two-storey ware­house build­ing was de­stroyed.

So­cial me­dia users re­ported hear­ing ex­plo­sions and Lon­don Fire Brigade said 12 peo­ple had been evac­u­ated from nearby homes “as a pre­cau­tion”.

Dozens of con­cerned res­i­dents called 999 af­ter spot­ting the flames and huge plumes of smoke. Sta­tion man­ager Ja­son Jones, who was at the scene, said: “We had a very well de­vel­oped fire, which was ex­tremely vis­i­ble from quite a way out.

“There were propane cylin­ders in­volved so a hazard zone was set up as cylin­ders can ex­plode when ex­posed to heat.

“The site is next to Head­stone Lane train sta­tion and trains were stopped.

“Crews worked very hard through the night at this chal­leng­ing in­ci­dent to bring the fire un­der con­trol.”

The brigade was called at 11.47pm and the fire was un­der con­trol by 3.17am.

A to­tal of eight fire en­gines and 58 fire­fight­ers were sent to the scene.

Pas­sen­gers on a Lon­don Mid­land ser­vice from Lon­don Eus­ton to Mil­ton Keynes were evac­u­ated from a train at Head­stone Lane.

A cor­don had been put in place on Head­stone Lane.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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