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Fire in east London cuts power to 88,000 people

  • 6 April 2012
  • From the section London
Canning Town fire
Twelve fire engines have been sent to the fire

A fire in east London cut power to 88,000 people and disrupted Underground passengers.

The fire in a goods yard affected high-voltage overhead electricity lines, causing the mains supply to be lost shortly after 15:00 BST.

Four Underground stations had to close - Archway, Arsenal, Tufnell Park and Caledonian Road.

About 60 firefighters were at the fire in Wharf Street and power has now been restored.

'Huge plume'

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said the fire was now under control.

It said a diesel tank close to the fire was not affected but officers were monitoring the situation. There have been no reports of injuries.

UK Power Networks said engineers had restored power to all customers shortly before 16:30 BST.

LFB station manager Jim Morford, who is at the scene, said: "This is the second large fire to hit the capital in 24 hours.

"Several calls were received by the brigade's control officers from members of the public who could see the huge plume of smoke rising from east London."

Victoria Greenhill, 25, from south-east London passed the scene of the fire on the Docklands Light Railway earlier.

She said: "There were flames going quite a long way up near Canning Town station."

Transport for London said that the A13 remains closed in both directions at Canning Town but that Tube and Docklands Light Railway services in the area are operating as normal.

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