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Residents living near an abandoned building in south London are being advised to close their windows as firefighters battle a blaze generating thick plumes of smoke visible for kilometres.

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Aug 03, 2021  •  27 minutes ago  •  1 minute read  •  Join the conversation London firefighters battle a large fire at an abandoned building on Centre Street, south of Wharncliffe and Base Line roads, on Tuesday night. (DALE CARRUTHERS, The London Free Press) London firefighters battle a large fire at an abandoned building on Centre Street, south of Wharncliffe and Base Line roads, on Tuesday night. (DALE CARRUTHERS, The London Free Press)

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Residents living near an abandoned building in south London are being advised to close their windows as firefighters battle a blaze generating thick plumes of smoke visible for kilometres.

City officials said residents living within a kilometre of the intersection of Centre Street and Wharncliffe Road should close their windows because of the “excessive smoke.”

The London fire department said in a tweet firefighters are taking a defensive approachto battle flames shooting from the building at 10 Centre St.

Fire crews were called to the scene at about 6:45 p.m.

Police have closed Wharncliffe Road between Emery Street and Base Line Road. Residents are being asked to avoid the area.

City council approved the demolition of the former factory in March.

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