100+ firefighters battle blaze in London suburb
About 120 firefighters and 25 engines have been mobilized on New Year’s Eve to battle a blaze at a self-storage warehouse in Croydon, a southern suburb of London.
The calls about the fire on Purley Way came in just before 8 pm local time, London Fire Brigade has said. There were no reports of injuries. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
Purley Way update: Twenty fire engines & around 120 firefighters are tackling a self-storage warehouse blaze in #Croydonhttps://t.co/t0a2c9cUHhpic.twitter.com/jEKrv6bo4X— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) December 31, 2018
The initial responses consisted of eight engines and 60 firefighters, which eventually doubled as the blaze raged on.
8 fire engines & around 60 firefighters are tackling a fire at a self-storage warehouse on Purley Way in #Croydon. More soon pic.twitter.com/A2Uxn4PEYP— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) December 31, 2018
Firefighters are making steady progress at the #Croydon self-storage warehouse blaze. There are no reports of any injuries https://t.co/t0a2c9cUHhpic.twitter.com/4zon9nP8op— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) December 31, 2018
Firefighters eventually said they would remain on the scene into the new year, and advised area residents to keep their windows closed due to the large amount of smoke coming from the warehouse.
There is a lot of smoke coming off of the self-storage warehouse fire on Purley Way #Croydon. Local residents should keep their doors & windows closed. We'll be at the scene throughout the #LondonNYE night https://t.co/t0a2c9cUHhpic.twitter.com/KZVAytHBwT— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) December 31, 2018
Croydon is a bustling town of almost 400,000 residents some 15 km south of the heart of London.
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