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Londoners told to avoid Trafalgar Square as firefighters tackled huge pub fire
12 July 2022, 19:44 | Updated: 12 July 2022, 23:18
People were told to avoid Trafalgar Square as firefighters tackled a blaze at a pub in the iconic central London square.
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Twenty fire engines and around 125 firefighters were called to The Admiralty pub at around 5.10pm on Tuesday.
The London Fire Brigade said half of the basement was alight and that "crews are working in arduous, challenging & hot conditions".
A fire brigade spokesperson said around 150 people were evacuated before crews arrived, and there were no reports of injuries.
Later the Brigade said "steady progress" was being made but said crews were "likely to be at the scene for hours to come".
"It's a hot night so crews are taking on a lot of water," said the LFB in a tweet.
"Please spare a thought for all firefighters dealing with fires in these conditions."
The Brigade confirmed the fire was under control at 10.50pm.
Some good news. There are currently no reports of any injuries, it looks like the fire started in the basement of the pub. @LBC— Rachael Venables (@rachaelvenables) July 12, 2022
Steady progress is being made at the Trafalgar Square pub fire. We’re likely to be at the scene for hours to come. It’s a hot night so crews are taking on a lot of water. Please spare a thought for all firefighters dealing with fires in these conditions https://t.co/989mlrXzAU pic.twitter.com/HPXi1NyvhX— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) July 12, 2022
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the fire was "distressing" and urged people to avoid the area and "allow the [fire brigade] to do their job".
"Distressing to hear of the events unfolding at a pub near Trafalgar Square," he wrote on Twitter.
"I am in touch with the London Fire Commissioner.
"Please avoid the area and allow the @LondonFire to do their job."
Distressing to hear of the events unfolding at a pub near Trafalgar Square.— Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (@MayorofLondon) July 12, 2022
I am in touch with the London Fire Commissioner. Please avoid the area and allow the @LondonFire to do their job. https://t.co/u52jd7Sq5h
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Station Commander Keith McDermott, who was at the scene, said earlier: "The fire is in the basement of a pub in Trafalgar Square.
"As a result there will be heavy traffic disruption and we ask people to avoid the area if possible."
Latest update on pub fire in Trafalgar Square - A number of people were evacuated from the pub and surrounding businesses before the Brigade arrived. Once again please avoid the area & follow this account for the latest https://t.co/989mlrXzAU pic.twitter.com/KvOSejhxie— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) July 12, 2022