O2 and Vodafone network affected by Holborn fire


Coverage hit by underground fire in Central London yesterday, which is still ongoing as firefighters continue to tackle it

O2 and Vodafone customers across Central London are continuing to suffer from little or no network coverage following a fire in Holborn, Central London.

The underground fire is affecting cabling linked to a mast the two operators share, with customers experiencing fluctuating since it broke out at 12:39pm yesterday, leaving them unable to call, text or browse the web.

It is unknown how many customers have been affected. Spokespeople for both operators told Mobile News it was sorry for any inconvenience caused to customers and will restore full service as soon as possible.

However, they said that due to the intensity of the fire, they have not yet being able to gain access to the impacted site by the London Fire Brigade and have therefore been unable to assess the full extent of the damage to the cables. No mains power is expected in the area for up to 36 hours.

The fire in Kingsway, Holborn was reported when passers by spotted smoke coming out of an inspection cover. The cause of the fire is so far unknown.

Around 5,000 people were evacuated yesterday and more than 100 businesses have been affected. Up to 35 firefighters and six fire engines are fighting the blaze, which has also led to several road closures around the local area.