Trackside blaze sparks chaos for rush-hour commuters
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.