Fire breaks out on Barking industrial estate

PUBLISHED: 13:17 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:51 13 June 2018

Smoke from the River Road fire can be seen from Barking town centre Picture: Sophie Morton

Smoke from the River Road fire can be seen from Barking town centre Picture: Sophie Morton

Sophie Morton

A fire has broken out on the River Road industrial estate.

The fire in River Road Picture: Tom HortonThe fire in River Road Picture: Tom Horton

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters were called to the scene shortly before 1pm today.

Heavy plumes of smoke can be seen rising into the sky from Barking town centre.

The fire is believed to have started at a recycling plant, with approximately 30 tonnes of mixed refuse alight.

The cause is not known at this stage.

River Road is partially closed while firefighters tackle the blaze.

Borough Commander Steve Norman, who is at the scene, said: “River Road has been closed so we would advise motorists to avoid the area where possible.

“Crews are working hard to bring the fire under control to ensure the road can be reopened as soon as possible.”

It is the second fire to break out on the estate within a month.

More than 100 firefighters were called to a blaze at a different recycling plant in River Road on May 23.

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