A spokesperson for London Fire Brigade (LFB) said: “Fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters are tackling a fire at a waste transfer station on Shakespeare Road in Herne Hill.
“The whole of the building is alight and has partially collapsed. The fire is producing large amounts of smoke and those in the local area are urged to keep their windows and doors closed whilst crews work to bring it under control.
“Two 32-metre turntable ladders are being used as water towers at the scene to tackle the flames from height. The Brigade’s 999 Control Officers have taken 22 calls to the blaze.
“The Brigade was called at 0209. Fire crews from Brixton, Clapham, West Norwood, Peckham and surrounding fire stations are at the scene. The cause of the fire is not known at this time.”
In an update on social media, LFB said: “Crews are making steady progress and are likely to be on scene for some time at the fire at a waste transfer station in Herne Hill The blaze is producing large amounts of smoke.
“We know it’s a hot night, but if you’re local please keep your windows closed”