Fire crews tackled a fire affecting the back of a shop and a range of sheds between Prentis Road and Central Parade in Streatham this afternoon. Some storage sheds behind the shop (which is on Central Parade) caught fire and the blaze spread to the ground floor of the shop. Twenty five residents were evacuated from a care home on Prentis Road which backs onto the row of shops.
A man was treated by paramedics from London Ambulance Service for minor burns to his hands, and two others were treated for shock and smoke inhalation respectively.
Station Manager Martin Corbett, from Clapham fire station, was at the scene. He said:
"Firefighters worked hard in very hot conditions to bring the fire under control. The blaze started in some storage sheds and then spread to part of the ground floor of the shop. The blaze caused a lot of smoke, but fortunately it is now under control."
People were reporting seeing a large plume of black smoke from all over South London.
Six fire engines from West Norwood, Norbury, Tooting, and Clapham fire stations went to the scene with 35 firefighters and officers. The Brigade was called at 1220 and the fire was under control at 1408.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.