Car on fire near Buckingham Palace

A car fire has caused chaotic scenes a short distance from Buckingham Palace.

The blaze occurred in The Mall, central London, just after 10.15am on Wednesday.

The road was closed to traffic and pedestrians between Admiralty Arch and the Queen Victoria Memorial by police, as firefighters put out the flames.

Officers were also clearing members of the public from nearby Green Park, an eyewitness said.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said officers were called to reports of a car fire in The Mall, close to Clarence House.

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: "We were called to a car on fire in The Mall, Westminster, at about 10.15am."

The police spokesman said: "Police were called at 10.15am this morning to reports of a car on fire in The Mall.

"London Fire Brigade are also in attendance. Road closures are in place. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage."

A spokeswoman at Clarence House, official residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, said she was aware of the fire.

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