Tube services are still disrupted today (Wednesday 2 February) after a huge fire broke out at a garage next door to Acton Town Tube station on Tuesday. The tube station was forced to close and around 35 people were evacuated from their homes while firefighters brought the blaze under control.
Flames and smoke could be seen billowing out of a building above the platforms of the west London station. Ten fire engines and 70 firefighters rushed to the blaze next to the station on Bollo Lane. There were a number of gas cylinders inside the garage, which firefighters cooled to an ambient temperature to prevent them exploding.
The London Fire Brigade was called at 5.10pm and fire crews from Acton, Chiswick, Ealing, Park Royal and other neighbouring fire stations attended the scene. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage but investigations are ongoing.
Those who were evacuated from the area as a precaution on Tuesday were allowed back to their homes and businesses on Wednesday morning. As of 8.27am, Ealing Council said all households had returned home and all roads had reopened. There were no reports of any serious injuries.
Images above: Firefighters tackle the blaze, the garage roof destroyed by the fire (credit: @BTPNetworkResp)
No service on District Line between Turnham Green and Ealing Broadway
At time of writing at 11.00am on Wednesday (2 February), there is no District Line service between Turnham Green and Ealing Broadway. Tube tickets are being accepted on local buses, C2C and Southwestern Railway.
There were severe delays on the rest of the District Line on Tuesday due to an unrelated incident, signal failure at Putney Bridge. This has been resolved and there are now only minor delays on the rest of the line.
According to London Underground’s tube app, the Piccadilly Line, which also runs through Acton Town station, is open as normal. Bollo Lane remains closed at the junction with Gunnersbury Lane.
Image above: the fire as seen from Acton Town platforms (credit: @city_aviator), the fire as seen from local shops (credit: @shaheenauddin)
Video of the fire posted to social media
A ‘Freelance Crime Videoographer’ posted this video of the scene to Twitter last night at 10.00pm.
— Freelancer Crime Videographer (@LNDblog) February 1, 2022
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