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Over 60 firefighters tackled a fire at a car workshop on Chandler Court, near Bensham Lane, Thornton Heath, in the early hours of this morning.
Most of the workshop has been damaged in the blaze and twenty residents were evacuated from nearby properties as a precaution.
Station Manager Gary Pryce who was at the scene said:
“At the height of the fire, the entire workshop and the cars inside the building were alight and crews had to work quickly to stop the blaze from spreading to a scaffolding yard and nearby houses. Our 999 control operators took more than 17 calls about the fire which was initially very visible.”
Eight fire engines from stations including Croydon, Norbury and West Norwood fire stations were are at the scene.
The Brigade was called at 2355 and the fire was under control at 0301. The cause of the fire is under investigation.