London fire crews still tackling Holborn blaze

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Firefighters are still tackling an underground blaze that brought part of London to a standstill - a day after it started.

More than 5,000 people were evacuated from surrounding buildings as flames and smoke shot from a manhole in Holborn. Firecrews managed to contain the blaze on Wednesday evening after dousing the hole with water before they smashed the cover open with a sledgehammer. Water was pumped into the open hole overnight from multiple hoses but by 11am today the ‘complex’ fire had still not been fully extinguished.

The scene in the Holborn area of London where a fire is still alight underground a day after it began. Picture: SWNS

The scene in the Holborn area of London where a fire is still alight underground a day after it began. Picture: SWNS

Flames are seen escaping from a manhole cover yesterday in Holborn, London. Picture: Getty

Flames are seen escaping from a manhole cover yesterday in Holborn, London. Picture: Getty

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