Oxford Street building evacuated as fire breaks out near John Lewis

London Fire Brigade logo (Aaron Chown/PA) (PA Wire)
London Fire Brigade logo (Aaron Chown/PA) (PA Wire)

Workers were evacuated from an Oxford Street building and roads closed as a fire broke out on Monday evening.

London Fire Brigade advised people to avoid the area while flames are dampened.

The blaze is believed to have started in the basement of a construction site near to John Lewis’s flagship department store.

BBC journalist Chi Chi Izundu posted on Twitter “lots of smoke” could be seen at 4pm.

She wrote in a Twitter post: “Outside the old department store next to John Lewis behind Oxford Street. Loads of workmen evacuated and lots of smoke.”

Photos shared online show emergency services at the scene.

LFB tweeted: “Firefighters are dealing with a fire in the basement of a construction site on Oxford Street. Please avoid the area if possible.”