Vauxhall fire: Smoke billows into the sky as firefighters tackle large blaze near station

Robin De Peyer

Huge plumes of black smoke billowed over Vauxhall as a major fire erupted on a building site.

Dozens of people called the fire brigade as clouds of the thick smoke were seen emerging from the blaze near Vauxhall station.

The smoke was visible to onlookers for miles as it billowed into clear blue skies as London basked in glorious sunshine.

A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman confirmed 20 firefighters tackled the blaze after 34 calls from concerned members of the public.

The fire, at a building site in South Lambeth Road, was brought under control in about 40 minutes and there were no injuries reported.

Social media users posted dramatic images of the blaze online.

Sandeep wrote: “Huge cloud of black smoke over Vauxhall Station. Appears to be from a construction site”.

Another Twitter user, Scarlett Cayford, added: “Anyone else seeing this billowing smoke coming from #vauxhall way?”

An LFB spokeswoman said: “We were called at 9.52am to reports of a fire at South Lambeth Road. Four fire engines from Brixton, Chiswick and Peckham, and 20 firefighters and officers were called to the scene.

“It was a pile of building insulation which was completely gutted by the fire. The incident was over at 10.35am.”

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