Seven orphan ducklings had to be rescued by police after their mother led them onto the tracks at Denmark Hill station in south London.
The mother duck was killed on the tracks, but officers were able to rescue the birds and arrange for them to be adopted by a kind member of the public who saw the incident happen. The ducklings are now enjoying pond life in the Sussex countryside.
Sergeant Cheryl Ling said: “After ensuring that trains had been stopped from running through the area, we entered the track with colleagues from Network Rail, and safely removed the ducklings.
“It wasn’t a happy start for the ducklings, but it will be a happy ending, I’m sure".
Station Manager Bruce Grain, from nearby Brixton fire station, is at the scene, he said:
“We were called to reports of a fire and explosion. Firefighters are on the scene at the moment and have managed to bring the fire under control."
"The building has been severely damaged so we are not sure at this stage what the building was being used for. As soon as it’s safe to do so, our fire investigators will be working to establish exactly what happened.”
Five fire engines, a fire rescue unit and around 30 firefighters have been called to reports of a fire and explosion in what is believed to be a workshop on Denmark Hill, close to Coldharbour Lane in Camberwell, SE5.
Around half of the ground floor of the building has been damaged. Early reports suggest that one man has been taken to hospital by ambulance.
Firefighters from Brixton, Peckham, Old Kent Road and Lewisham are on the scene. The Met Police and London Ambulance Service are also there.