FIREFIGHTERS battled to put out a blaze at a storage yard just behind greyhound track Plough Lane.
Six fire engines containing a 35 firefighters were sent after smoke was seen billowing from the famous stadium.
The London Fire Brigade revealed that a pile of waste was alight but is now under control – the cause of the fire is now under investigation.
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Plough Lane is set to be demolished to make way for AFC Wimbledon’s new home.
The phoenix club’s dreams of moving to a new arena near their historic home were given the final go-ahead in September.
The new ground, which will initially be limited to 11,000 seats, is to be built just a few hundred yards from the original site.
League One Dons’ proposals had been subjected to exhaustive scrutiny but they have now passed the final hurdle after the Secretary of State rejected further call-in requests.
The new stadium, which will initially be limited 11,000 seats, will be built as part of the redevelopment of the redevelop Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium
AFC Wimbledon chief executive Erik Samuelson, said: “We would like to thank the very many people who have supported us in this and previous campaigns.
Iconic stadium's 89-year history
AFTER 89 years, the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium will see its last night of racing on Saturday as the site is set to be demolished.
The last greyhound track in London will see no more memories, but will be paving the way for new ones to be created as the site will be used as the location for AFC Wimbledon’s new football ground.
The dog track has hosted the English Greyhound Derby every year since 1985 after the closure of White City – the most prestigious race in the British calendar.
The winner in 2017 (now being held in Towcester) will win £175,000, making it the richest greyhound race in the world.
Greyhound racing came to Britain in around 1926, and the Wimbledon Stadium hosted their first night of action on May 19 1928, with the first race being won by ‘Ballindura,’ trained by Harry Leader.
After Wimbledon’s closure, England will be reduced to just a mere 24 greyhound tracks left in the country.
Attendances have fallen to an all-time low with just two million visitors a year, but it is still the sixth most-watched sport, with action shown live in bookmakers and on TV.
“Such support is a sign of the continued determination to return to Wimbledon that has sustained us over the time since we re-formed.
“And now, at long last, we can start planning with confidence to give AFC Wimbledon a secure future at the heart of the community, as well as building homes and providing a major boost to the economy of the area.
“After so many years in exile, the Dons are coming home!”