Huge plumes of smoke over Trafalgar Square as firefighters rush to pub blaze

Around 70 firefighters tackled a blaze at a pub just off London's iconic Trafalgar Square.

Huge plumes rose over Central London today (Tuesday, July 12), after the fire broke out in a basement in the Admiralty Pub.

The fire has broken out in Spring Gardens, a street that crosses the east end of the Mall by Trafalgar Square.

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The cause of the fire is not yet known, but authorities are advising that people avoid the area if possible.

Videos and pictures taken at the scene show the extent of the smoke, with huge grey clouds rising from the pub and into the sky over the city.

The Mall in both directions between Trafalgar Square and Horse Guards Road is closed due to the incident, and any remaining traffic is slow moving.

The fire has broken out during London's week-long heatwave, which has seen temperatures rise up to 32C, with highs of 34C expected next week. Today, London saw temperatures as high as 30C.

A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade has said: "Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters are tackling a pub fire in Trafalgar Square. Half of the basement is alight.

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Station Commander Keith McDermott, who is at the scene said: “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."

A spokesperson for the Met said: "Police are assisting with road closures following reports of a fire at an address in Spring Gardens SW1. No reports of any injuries at this time."

The fire brigade was called at just before 5.50pm.

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