Huge fire breaks out in south London scrapyard with thick black smoke billowing across the capital as locals are told to keep windows and doors closed
- 60 firefighters raced to the scene where seven tonnes of scrap metal is alight
- London Fire Brigade confirmed that the scrap heap blaze was under control
A man has been taken to hospital after a huge fire broke out at a scrapyard in south London with a thick black plume of smoke visible from up to ten miles away.
Around 60 firefighters rushed to the blaze at the scrapyard in Lower Sydenham on Monday afternoon as seven tonnes of scrap metal caught alight.
When fire crews arrived they found ‘a car on fire’, according to the Evening Standard.
People in the area shared pictures of the thick black smoke billowing from the scrapyard as the London Fire Brigade (LFB) battle to get it under control.
The fire service confirmed that the blaze was under control just after 5pm on Monday evening, sharing images of firefighters and hoses.
People in the area shared pictures of the thick black smoke billowing into the sky
A man has been taken to hospital after a huge fire broke out at a scrapyard in south London on Monday afternoon
Station Commander Keith Sanders, who was at the scene, said: ‘The fire was extremely visible and our 999 Control Officers received 30 calls alerting them to the fire.
‘Due to the amount of smoke, local residents were advised to keep their windows and doors closed.
‘Firefighters remain on the scene but are making good progress extinguishing the flames.’
At least one person was left needing hospital treatment.
One person posted a picture of the smoke visible form the Leadenhall Building in central London, some ten miles away, while another said it could be seen from Highgate in north London.
Station Commander Keith Sanders, who was at the scene, said they had received a large volume of emergency calls as the fire was so visible
Eight fire crews from Forest Hill, Beckenham, Lewisham, Bromley, Lee Green and other surrounding stations raced to the scene just after 3pm
The LFB said it had already received 30 calls alerting them to the ‘extremely visible fire’ on Burnham Way.
Eight fire crews from Forest Hill, Beckenham, Lewisham, Bromley, Lee Green and other surrounding stations raced to the scene just after 3pm.
Local residents were advised to keep windows and doors closed due to heavy smoke towering above south London.
Sharing video of the huge plume of black smoke on Twitter, one person said: ‘Huge fire in Sydenham within the industrial estate. Fire fighters and police are on site attending’.
The Fire Brigade confirmed that the blaze was under control shortly after 5pm on Monday
A spokesperson for the London Ambulance Service said they treated a person at the scene of the fire
Another said: ‘#fire #london #LFB what’s going on there. South London.. pic taken from leadenhall building.’
A third said: ‘Huge fire in Sydenham maybe? Just left work and this is the view from New Beckenham station’.
The cause of the fire is not known at this stage, the LFB said. It was brought under control just after 5pm.
A spokesperson for the London Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called today at 3.28pm to reports of a fire on Burnham Way, Lower Sydenham.
‘We sent an ambulance crew, members of our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), and an incident response officer to the scene.
‘We treated a person at the scene.’
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