Smoke from Canning Town warehouse fire forces residents inside

By Rachel Bishop on July 15, 2014 11:20 AM |


Firefighters fought to control 400 tonnes of recycling materials engulfed in flames in Canning Town on Monday night.

Residents were warned to keep doors and windows closed as the fire at a recycling warehouse on Scarab Close sent plumes of smoke across the area.

Station manager Paul McClenaghan said at the scene: "An eight metre stack of about 400 tonnes of domestic recycling materials is on fire.

"Crews are working hard to bring the blaze under control and to stop it from spreading to neighbouring buildings on the industrial estate."

London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called just after midnight, with units from East Ham, Ilford, Plaistow, Stratford, Shadwell, Millwall, Homerton, Dagenham, East Greenwich and Tooting fire stations attending.

At the height of the fire 70 firefighters were at the scene and 10 fire engines, with crews remaining at the scene this morning.

Due to the third of 15 strike actions by LFB, which is being staged between July 14 to 21, four contingency crews were brought in to help fight the blaze.

The contingency crews remained at the scene until the end of the strike period at 8am this morning when London Fire Brigade crews took over.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage