BREAKING Huge fire breaks out in town centre as smoke billows over London

More than 70 firefighters have been scrambled to a large fire near Croydon town centre in south London.

The huge blaze has reportedly broken out in a car workshop with the flames spreading to nearby homes.

Ten fire engines and 77 firefighters were reported at the scene at 7.30pm tonight – two hours after they were first called.

The fire broke out at around 5.45pm, with dramatic images showing smoke billowing into the air from the scene.

The smoke could be seen drifting through tower blocks in the town with locals reporting smelling burning rummier and chemicals.

A spokesperson for London Fire Brigade said: "Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters have been called to a fire on Lancing Road in Croydon. A car workshop is alight.

"The Brigade's 999 Control Officers have taken 39 calls to the fire.

"The Brigade was called at 5.44pm. Fire crews from Norbury, Croydon, Mitcham, West Norwood, Brixton, Addington and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

"The cause of the fire is not known at this stage."

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