People evacuated as huge fire sweeps through Brixton market: 100 firefighters tackle blaze sending huge smoke cloud over London
- London Fire Brigade has sent 15 fire engines and 100 firefighters to the blaze
- Dramatic video footage shows flames tearing through part of the iconic building
- People who were in the area have been evacuated by police and fire crews
People have been evacuated after a huge fire swept through Brixton market this evening, with 100 firefighters battling the blaze.
Firefighters in the capital have been called to the venue in South London after an inferno was seen raging in the iconic market hall.
Video on social media shows fire crews rushing to the area, with flames burning through the building.
In dramatic scenes, police can be seen ushering people away from the burning building as the fire takes hold in the building close to Electric Avenue.
London Fire Brigade says it has sent 15 fire engines and around 100 firefighters to battle the blaze.
There are no reports of injuries caused by the blaze or smoke at this time.
Huge flames were seen coming from the iconic market venue in South London this evening
A fire engine was seen rushing to the scene of the fire, after it broke out at around 9pm tonight
James Twomey, an editor for the South London Press, wrote on Twitter: ‘Huge fire in Brixton market right now, a worker said it is an area where items are stored for the market and people might still be in there.’
He added that police and fire crews had evacuated people from the area, while images show smoke billowing into the air.
It is reported that police have cordoned off Atlantic Avenue and Electric Avenue while firefighters deal with the incident.
Smoke was seen rising into the sky and over railway lines in the area of South London after the fire broke out shortly before 9pm.
A firefighter can be seen surveying the scene from an aerial ladder tonight. The cause of the fire is not known at this time
On the London Fire Brigade website, the blaze is being reported as a ‘warehouse alight’.
It says: ‘Fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters are tackling a fire on Electric Lane in Brixton.
‘A three-storey warehouse is alight.
‘The Brigade’s 999 Control Officers have taken 53 calls to the blaze.
‘The Brigade was called at 2058. Fire crews from Clapham, West Norwood, Peckham, Old Kent Road, Chelsea and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.
‘The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.’
In an update posted on Twitter at around 11.30pm, LFB said firefighters ‘remain on scene and are making steady progress in tackling the blaze’.