Whetstone fire: Huge blaze at warehouse sends smoke billowing across north London

Mark Chandler

A huge fire at a warehouse sent thick black smoke billowing across north London on Saturday afternoon.

The building, near Whetstone and Totteridge in Barnet went up in flames just after 4.45pm.

Four fire engines raced to the scene and battled the blaze, on a site in Allum Way.

Footage showed huge plumes of smoke rising up into the sky.

A spokeswoman for the London Fire Brigade said a disused, detached, industrial unit had caught fire.

Rhiannon Holdham‏ captured a vast amount of smoke emanating near Totteridge Place.

She tweeted: “Fire in #whetstone hope everybody is ok here...”

Robert Rams wrote: “Massive fire in Whetstone close to Waitrose.”

East Finchley councillor Arjun Mittra took several photos of the blaze.

He wrote: “Seems like a rather severe fire in Whetstone. Hope everyone ok.

“Thank God for emergency services, all of whom are here.”

Barnet Police said they had joined fire fighters at the scene of “a large fire at a warehouse in Totteridge.”