Firefighters tackling an underground blaze that brought part of London to a standstill – a day after it started.

More than 5,000 people were evacuated from surrounding buildings as flames and smoke shot from a manhole in Holborn.

Firecrews managed to contain the blaze on Wednesday evening after dousing the hole with water before they smashed the cover open with a sledgehammer.

Water was pumped into the open hole overnight from multiple hoses but by 11am (Thurs) the ‘complex’ fire had still not been fully extinguished.