Eight fire engines were scrambled to the scene in Burnham Way in Lower Sydenham around 3pm on Monday, where they found a car on fire.
Around seven tonnes of scrap metal was ablaze by 4pm, said London Fire Brigade (LFB).
Huge fire in Sydenham industrial estate pic.twitter.com/sIUtVfKRU4
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One man has been taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.
Station Commander Keith Sanders, who is at the scene, said: “The fire was extremely visible and our 999 Control Officers received 30 calls alerting them to the fire.
“Due to the amount of smoke, local residents were advised to keep their windows and doors closed.
“Firefighters remain on the scene but are making good progress extinguishing the flames.”
The brigade described the blaze as “extremely visible”, and said it had taken nearly 30 calls from concerned members of the public.
“Local residents are advised to keep windows and doors closed due to heavy smok.,” said a spokesperson.
Huge fire in Sydenham within the industrial estate. Fire fighters and police are on site attending pic.twitter.com/ffkyuS2LSD
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“The brigade was called at 3.01pm and is still on scene. Fire crews from Forest Hill, Beckenham, Lewisham, Bromley, Lee Green and surrounding stations are in attendance.
“The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.”
Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters have been called to a fire at a scrapyard on Burnham Way in #LowerSydenham. We have received more than 20 emergency calls. More info soon. https://t.co/GTNTjxbZjB
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People on social media shared footage of thick black smoke spewing from the scrapyard, and issuing in a plume high into the sky above the city where it was visible from miles away.