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Firefighters called to arts centre blaze next door to London Fire Brigade HQ in Southwark

Fire in basement of arts centre in Union Street- giving off thick smoke. Image: @LFB

Fire in basement of arts centre in Union Street- giving off thick smoke. Image: @LFB

35 firefighters have been called to tackle a basement fire in the arts centre neighbour of the London Fire Brigade’s HQ in Union Street Southwark this morning.

12 people working in the centre left safely before crews arrived.

The fire created a pall of smoke that drifted across nearby streets.

There are no injuries and they were keeping warm in LFB’s HQ.

It was reported that part of the basement at the Jerwood Space centre was affected by a blaze giving out thick smoke.

Local residents and workers had been initially advised to keep windows and doors closed as the fire is dealt with.

This is the second fire in an arts centre in London in seven days.

Last Friday The London Fire Brigade had to battle to control a blaze that destroyed the Grand and Lower Halls of the Battersea Arts Centre, BAC, in Lavender Hill south west London.

They succeeded in saving half of the building which has re-opened for business and productions.

Six fire engines attended this morning’s Union Street  incident from Lambeth, Dowgate and Dockhead  fire stations.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

The Brigade was called at 8.38 am and the fire was under control by 9.53 am, but crews are expected to be there for some time damping down.

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