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Power supplies in Holborn 'have been interrupted'

Teams of UK Power Networks engineers are currently on site at an incident in Kingsway.

Power supplies in the area have been interrupted and as soon as we can gain access, we will work to restore electricity as quickly as is safely possible.

We will also help the emergency services investigate the cause.

– UK Power Network

Fire engines 'coming from every direction' in Holborn 'major incident'

Among those evacuated in the area were judges, lawyers and staff at the nearby Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand.

I was walking from Covent Garden towards Holborn and I could smell burning in the air. As I got closer I could see fire engines everywhere then I could see loads of thick, brown smoke rising off the road.

It's chaos and fire engines are coming from every direction and there are so many people around.

– Nicola Foxfield, eyewitness

'Police and firemen everywhere' during Holborn evacuation

Teacher Cath Davies said she had been in a cafe waiting for a friend when customers were asked to leave.

There are a lot of curious people wondering what's happened.

Kingsway is blocked off and there are police and firemen everywhere. From the end of the street you could see smoke pouring out.

It seemed to be coming from under a building

The area seems to be in darkness.

– Cath Davies

Eyewitnesses 'struggle to breath' amid chaos of Holborn fire

Among those evacuated in the area were judges, lawyers and staff at the nearby Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand.

Onlookers reported "struggling to breathe" and "chaos" in the area as those evacuated waited on the street and traffic began to build up.

Credit: Rachel Mairs

I had just cycled over Waterloo Bridge and as I approached Kingsway I saw a big crowd of people and smoke billowing towards me.

The fire crews and police officers were beginning to cordon off the area.

I was close enough to see thick black smoke puffing out of the drain grills and I struggled to breathe. Hundreds of people were leaving their buildings on Fleet Street and Kingsway.

– Eyewitness

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