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Firefighters tackle blaze at Barking recycling plant

PUBLISHED: 07:57 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:41 23 May 2018

River Road has been cordoned off due to the fire Picture: Liam Coleman

River Road has been cordoned off due to the fire Picture: Liam Coleman

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Nearly 100 firefighters are tackline a blaze at a recycling plant in Barking.

Fifteen fire engines and 97 firefighters are on the scene in River Road this morning.

A large part of a single storey paper factory is alight, with the cause not known at this stage.

A safety cordon has been set up around the site as some gas cylinders are involved.

Firefighters are cooling the cylinders down as they can explode when exposed to heat, and are likely to remain on the scene for most of the day.

Firefighters on the scene in River Road, Barking Picture: Liam Coleman Firefighters on the scene in River Road, Barking Picture: Liam Coleman

Crews from stations including East Ham, Plaistow, Ilford and Dagenham were called to the scene at 6.25am.

River Road has been cordoned off and the EL3 bus has been diverted via Thames Road.

An employee at the factory, who did not wish to be named, said that there would have been no staff on shift at the time the fire broke out.

Workers at other factories in the road have been sent home as a precaution.

Firefighters on the scene in River Road, Barking Picture: Liam Coleman Firefighters on the scene in River Road, Barking Picture: Liam Coleman

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