Firefighters were called to a fire at Piccadilly at the junction with Sackville Street last night.
A manhole cover had exploded and fire spread to a nearby parked van. Crews managed to tow the vehicle away from the area using a long line and extinguished the blaze.. Nearby buildings were evacuated as a precaution but there we no injuries.
A London Fire Brigade spokesman said:
“Crews worked quickly to deal with the fire, which was contained within ten minutes. The Brigade has attended one fire a week involving manhole covers this year.”
Twenty one firefighters and officers from Soho and Lambeth fire stations attended the incident.
The cause of the fire is being investigated but at this stage is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault beneath the manhole cover.