Neasden A406 North Circular fire causes rush-hour delays

Neasden warehouse fire Image copyright London Fire Brigade
Image caption About 70 firefighters were tackling the blaze in the early hours of Wednesday morning

A large warehouse fire has blocked major roads in north London, causing delays during the morning rush-hour.

The North Circular in Neasden was closed both ways near to its junction with the M1 as firefighters tackled the blaze at a derelict building.

Transport for London (TfL) said the westbound Staples Corner Flyover had also been closed and commuters faced long delays.

Seventeen people were evacuated from nearby buildings.

The fire, which broke out shortly after 02:00 BST, was under control by about 06:20, the London Fire Brigade said.

At its height, the blaze was tackled by 70 firefighters. Some remain at the scene dealing with “pockets of fire inside the warehouse”.

The whole of the building has been damaged by fire.

Station manager Robbie Robertson said: “Firefighters have worked extremely hard overnight to prevent the fire spreading to an adjacent building.”

TfL said the North Circular was expected to remain closed during the peak rush-hour and urged motorists to use alternative routes.

The Met Police warned road closures were “likely to severely affect North Circular, Staples Corner and other key routes” into the morning rush-hour and urged drivers to avoid the area.

Image copyright London Fire Brigade
Image caption Ten fire crews were fighting the blaze overnight



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