A major fire has sparked a “blackout” as parts of London were hit by a power cut which has brought traffic and trains to a standstill.
Traffic lights in East London were down causing disruption on the roads along with reports of power cuts affecting water supplies in households.
UK Power Networks wrote on Twitter, “We’re aware of a power cut affecting the #E1, #E1W and #E14 areas of #London.
“Our engineers are working to get the power on as soon as possible.”
A LFB spokesperson said, “Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters have been called to a fire at an electrical substation on Castor Lane in Poplar. Part of the ground floor of a two-storey electrical substation is alight. A 25-metre cordon is in place as a precaution.”
UK Power Networks said the blackout occurred due to a “fault on a high voltage underground electricity cable.”
Transport for London said on Tuesday afternoon, that the DLR is also suspended due to “fault communications equipment.”
TfL said, “Docklands Light Railway: No service while we fix faulty communications equipment. London Underground, Southeastern and C2C accepting tickets via any reasonable route.”
LFB Station Commander Colin Digby, who is at the scene, said, “The fire is causing power outages which could affect around 38,000 customers.
“The whole of the Docklands Light Railway line is suspended. Blackwall Tunnel and Rotherhithe Tunnel are also closed whilst crews work to make the scene safe.”