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Last updated: 09/07/2018, 6:20 PM

Large fire on Battersea industrial estate

13/07/2016 20:51
Wandsworth
Fire at commercial property

Fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters and officers were called to a large fire at Parkfield industrial estate on Culvert Place in Battersea on Wednesday evening.

The fire badly damaged a range of eight single storey industrial units. At the height of the blaze smoke could be seen for miles around and local residents were being advised to keep their doors and windows closed as a precaution. 

The Brigade's 999 control officers took over 100 emergency calls from members of the public to the incident and train lines in the area were also affected for a time.

Crews are still at the scene (0600, Thursday, 14 July) and will remain there damping down the fire for some time to come. Train operators say services between Clapham Junction and Victoria are no longer being affected by the fire.

Station Manager David Farr who is attending the incident said: "This was a large, challenging fire and crews worked extremely hard to get it under control. Firefighters also worked to salvage antique brasses, artworks and statues stored in one of the units, removing them to a safe area away from the blaze.

"A lot of deep seated hot spots still remain and although we are now making steady progress to extinguish those, it's likely crews will remain at the scene well into Thursday morning."  

The Brigade was called at 2051 on Wednesday evening and the fire was under control by 0336 on Thursday morning. Crews from Lambeth, Brixton, Tooting, Clapham, Chelsea, Peckham and other surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.