Heavy smoke from vacant building fire in southwest London prompts safety advisory

Fire at a vacant building located at 10 Centre Street in London on August 3, 2021. Jess Brady / Global News

A vacant building fire in southwest London is under control but London fire crews are expected to remain on scene for several hours.

Heavy smoke could be seen a block away billowing from the scene of the blaze on Centre Street, just off of Wharncliffe Road South.

Residents within a one kilometre radius of the intersection are advised to close their windows and turn off their AC units.

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“We have a heavy amount of smoke being processed as a result of the fire fight,” said Platoon Chief Gary Mosburger.

“We do have yellow, brown, and black smoke coming off of the building materials which is not common, so we are taking extreme precaution.”

Mosburger said due to the large amount of smoke they have been unable to do a sweep of the building to confirm if anyone is inside.

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Residents are being asked to avoid the area and remain indoors to avoid breathing in the smoke while crews work.

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Wharncliffe Road from Emery street west to Base Line Road west was closed for several hours but reopened just before midnight.

With files from Jess Brady

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