200 evacuated as historic London cinema burns

Smoke filled Portobello Road. Credit: Twitter / @nikkalastott

Around 200 people were evacuated from a cinema after it caught fire on a busy shopping street.

Up to 60 firefighters were battling the blaze at the Electric Cinema in Portobello Road, west London, after it broke out at around 2.30pm on Saturday.

A spokesman for London Fire Brigade said 12 fire engines were sent to the scene and the blaze had been brought under control.

There were no reported injuries.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said a cordon was set up and the road was temporarily closed.