Around 100 fire-fighters and 15 engines have been tackling a blaze at a scrap metal yard in Erith, south London, which spread to neighbouring workshops.
A 200m hazard zone was put in place after potentially explosive acetylene gas cylinders were found on the site but the cordon was later reduced when the cylinders were removed.
The fire was said to be under control shortly after midnight but London Fire Brigade said that crews were expected to remain at the scene for some time “damping down pockets of fire”.
Station manager Lee Sparks said: “Initially we were called to a scrap yard alight but the fire took hold quite quickly and spread to two nearby workshops. When they arrived firefighters were confronted with challenging conditions.
“There was thick smoke and the flames were high and crews worked incredibly hard to ensure the fire didn’t spread any further than it did.”
Fire crews from Greenwich, East Greenwich, Plumstead, Erith, Lee Green, Eltham, Sidcup, Bexley, Bromley, Sidcup, Orpington, Deptford and Addington fire stations attended the incident.
London Fire Brigade declined to name the business when contacted by MRW. The cause of the fire is under investigation.