Ten fire engines tackled a large fire in east London last night.

Smoke was visible across London as more than 70 firefighters attended a blaze in Montague Road, Leytonstone.

The fire affected two car workshops under railway arches that contained around 15 cars, a breakers yard and a neighbouring garden.

Around 100 people were evacuated from roads near to the fire and they took shelter in a local church.

Station manager Paul Hobbs, who was at the scene, said: “Crews worked extremely hard in what were incredibly challenging conditions on the hottest day of the year so far.

“This was a large fire and it produced a lot of smoke.”

The London Fire Brigade had advised people living nearby to stay inside and keep doors and windows closed as a precaution.

The Brigade was called at 5.48pm and the fire was under control at 8.34pm although crews were there for a number of hours damping down hotspots.

Crews from Leytonstone, Leyton, Walthamstow, Ilford, East Ham, Tottenham, Stratford and Stoke Newington fire stations attended.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.