Dagenham fire: 100 firefighters tackle massive east London blaze at warehouse

Mark Chandler

Around 100 firefighters tackles a massive blaze at a warehouse in east London that can be seen from across the river.

Plumes of thick smoke rose into the air above Dagenham on Saturday afternoon as the warehouse caught light just before 6pm.

A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade said the building contained around 100 tonnes of mixed waste.

Half of the building, in Chequers Lane near Barking Reach Power Station, was alight by 7pm.

It took until just after 9pm for the blaze to be brought under control.

Blaze: 100 firefighters were tackling the flames (Zubair Shah)

Dark clouds of black fumes could be seen for miles around after the fire broke out.

Station manager Gary Woulds who is at the scene said: "Crews worked extremely hard to get the fire under control.

"It affected a single storey warehouse containing approximately 100 tonnes of mixed waste and machinery.

"Firefighters will now remain at the scene for some time damping down."

100 firefighters tackled the blaze (London Fire Brigade)

Ten fire engines and 70 firefighters were initially dispatched to tackle the blaze.

Another five fire engines joined later.

Fire crews at the scene (London Fire Brigade)

Smoke could be seen billowing from the other side of the Thames.

On social media, Londoners reports seeing the blaze from as far away as Welling and Thamesmead in south east London.

It was the second large warehouse fire to breakout in London in the space of the afternoon, after a unit in Whetstone, Barnet, went up in flames just after 4.45pm.

Fire: Crews worked at the scene for over four hours (London Fire Brigade)

A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade said: "Fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters and officers were called to a large warehouse and waste fire on Chequers Lane in Dagenham this evening.

"The warehouse measures around 80 metres by 35 metres and smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles around during the early stages of the fire.

"The Brigade was called at 5.57pm and the fire was under control by 9.12pm.

"Firefighters remain on the scene damping down remaining pockets of fire.

"Crews from Barking, Dagenham, East Ham, Ilford, Hornchurch, Romford, Stratford, Poplar and other surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

"The cause of the fire is under investigation."

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