Massive fireball erupts at Londons Elephant & Castle train station

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A massive fireball erupted from a London train station Monday, sending commuters scrambling to safety, dramatic new video shows.

Ten fire engines and at least 70 firefighters dashed to the Elephant & Castle station shortly before 2 p.m. local time, with flames and billowing smoke engulfing the station, The Sun reported.

Authorities said they received “nearly fifty” calls from the site, with the cause of the blaze yet to be determined, the network said.

At least one man was treated in an ambulance near the station as firefighters battled the blaze and police rushed to evacuate nearby residents and merchants, according to The Sun.

Officials told the outlet that “dangerous chemicals” may be a factor in the fire. The Sun said that initial reports indicated a fire may have broken out in an auto repair shop located near the station.

“We all had to run out of the shop,” a mechanic who works at a garage at the scene told The Sun. “I didn’t see how it started.”

“There were six of us in the shop at the time,” he said. “We left all our things in there and had to run. I could see flames about seven meters high.”

“My phone is still in there and all my things,” he added. “There are three cars in there now and other things that can explode, so I don’t think we will be allowed back.”

One dramatic image posted on social media shows a police officer dashing two children from a nearby building.

Fire officials are cautioning Londoners to avoid the area until the blaze is brought under control, according to the outlet.

“The station has been evacuated and residential evacuations are taking place,” a Metropolitan Poplice spokesman said. “At this early stage the incident is not believed to be terror-related.”

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