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Firefighters are battling a huge blaze at a factory and offices in Chantry Place, Harrow .

London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called to the scene just before midnight on Thursday (September 14), with crews expected to remain at the scene well into Friday morning.

Twelve people were evacuated from nearby properties as a precaution.

A firefighter said trains at nearby Headstone Lane station had been stopped.

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Roads re-opened

Headstone Lane has re-opened in both directions following the earlier building fire.

The road had been closed since 12.40am after a large warehouse fire in Chantry Place, Harrow.

It re-opened at 5.30pm.

Buses have also returned to their normal routes.

For our report on the inferno here: http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/harrow-fire-homes-evacuated-over-13623059

You can also read what the owner had to say

Watch a video capturing the huge explosion at the factory.

Thank you for joining us throughout the day.

Diversions in both directions

Sorry to say there’s still no improvement to bus services in the locality

Harrow bus routes are still on diversion

Rail services up and down the country affected

Rail services nationwide are effected. National Rail recommended customers check services before they travel.

  • Caledonian Sleeper between Glasgow Central / Edinburgh / Inverness and London Euston.
  • London Midland between Northampton / Milton Keynes Central / Watford Junction / Rugby / Birmingham New Street / Crewe / Tring / Bletchley / Coventry and London Euston.
  • London Overground between Watford Junction and London Euston. Southern between Milton Keynes and Balham / East Croydon / Clapham Junction / South Croydon.
  • Virgin Trains between Edinburgh / Glasgow Central / Liverpool Lime Street / Manchester Piccadilly / Chester / Birmingham New Street / Wolverhampton and London Euston.

Train lines RE-OPEN after blaze affects track

Euston station will re-open at 1pm with trains running on an amended timetable.

The owner of the warehouse looked on in 'shock' at the scale of blaze

Mr Pindoria, the owner of Pacest Joinery, expressed his concerns for his 14 employees who are now without work as he watched firefighters dampen down debris.

Click here to read the full interview.

Wall demolished

You know how I said that huge vehicle was being brought in to stabilise the wall... I was wrong.

Very wrong as it happens, as it wasn’t quite stabilising the wall.

It was doing the opposite.

As this video from National Rail shows

Repair work

Travel delays elsewhere

Repair work has begun

According to London Midlands on Twitter, repair work has begun on repairing the wall.

This video from Kat shows a vehicle being used to stabilise the wall.

This beast has just rolled into town

Kat has been told there are fears the damaged wall beside the railway lines could collapse.

So this vehicle has been brought in to stabilise it.

(Image: Katherine Clementine)

Some of the images from the fire

This video shows the damage caused to Pacestar Joinery

Firefighters dampening down

Images from the scene this morning

Other photos captured by our Kat show roads sealed off and emergency services still at the scene.

Fire crews continue to dampen down on Friday (September 15) morning
Fire crews continue to dampen down on Friday (September 15) morning (Image: Katherine Clementine)
Fire crews at the scene
Fire crews at the scene (Image: Katherine Clementine)
Roads remain sealed off on Friday (September 15) morning
Roads remain sealed off on Friday (September 15) morning (Image: Katherine Clementine)

Pacestar Joinery

getwestlondon reporter Katherine Clementine is at the scene in Harrow and taken this picture of Pacestar Joinery.

A member of staff has confirmed it was damaged in the fire.

Pacestar Joinery was badly damaged by the flames
Pacestar Joinery was badly damaged by the flames (Image: Katherine Clementine)

Video captures explosion

Delays

BREAKING: Parsons Green 'explosion'

There are reports of bag exploding on a District line Tube train in Parsons Green. You can follow that developing story here.

(Image: PA)

A little (if not immediate) help for commuters

Virgin Trains has lifted ticket restrictions meaning passengers can use services on alternative routes or travel on Saturday (September 16).

A spokesman said: “We are sorry for the inevitable disruption and delays to journeys.”

Flames, smoke and a HUGE explosion

This dramatic video shows the battle faced by firefighters

Bus delays and diversions

And it’s not just train passengers who are affected...

Footage shows raging flames

The video showing roaring flames can also be viewed here.

The aftermath...

Photo from Network Rail showing some of the damage caused by the fire which is leading to severe delays for passengers
Photo from Network Rail showing some of the damage caused by the fire which is leading to severe delays for passengers (Image: @NetworkRailEUS)
The damaged building beside the railway line
The damaged building beside the railway line (Image: @NetworkRailEUS)

Video from the scene

Advice for rail passengers

Addressing the impact on rail users, the statement continues:

The West Coast main line will remain shut between Euston and Milton Keynes while these repairs are made.

“Passengers wanting to travel on the West Coast main line and West London Line are urged to check with their train operator or nationalrail.co.uk before travelling.

“They will be diverted on alternative routes.”

Repairs to 'take all day'

Network Rail say repairs are expected to take all day.

It said in a statement:

A fire overnight at a timber yard in Harrow has damaged a trackside retaining wall.

“It will need to be dismantled, made safe and rebuilt.

“This is a big job expected to take all day.”

Timber yard fire

London Euston station has tweeted that the fire has broken out in a timber yard.

Crew remain at the scene

Flames were brought under control at 6.12am, but fire crews remain at the scene
Flames were brought under control at 6.12am, but fire crews remain at the scene (Image: LFB)

More images from the scene

Nearly 60 firefighters were needed to tackle the fire
Nearly 60 firefighters were needed to tackle the fire (Image: LFB)