Burning rubbish blamed for shipping container blaze

PUBLISHED: 16:34 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:34 23 February 2018

Firefighters tackled flames in a two-storey metal shipping container on Atcost Road. Picture: Google

Firefighters tackled flames in a two-storey metal shipping container on Atcost Road. Picture: Google


Paper and plastic packaging went up in smoke yesterday morning during a fire in a metal shipping container.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters were called to tackle the flames inside the two-storey structure in Atcost Road just before 11.30am yesterday.

Half of the ground floor container was damaged in the blaze, which London Fire Brigade believe was accidentally caused by burning rubbish.

“Firefighters worked extremely hard to create a water relay from the nearest hydrant due to limited water supplies on site,” said watch manager Kevin Morris, who was at the scene.

“This meant we were able to limit damage and bring this fire under control quickly.”

Flames were under control two and a half hours later.

Crews from Barking, Dagenham, Ilford and Stoke Newington stations attended.

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