An "out of control" bonfire sparked a blaze which saw the London Fire Brigade called out in force to a vehicle repair centre in Barking. 

The incident occurred in River Road yesterday (January 18), with crews from Plaistow, Dagenham, Millwall and surrounding fire stations in attendance. 

Six fire engines carrying 40 firefighters were dispatched, after the brigade's 999 control officers received 14 calls about the blaze. 

A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade said: "Three vehicles were destroyed and around 50 tonnes of rubbish was alight. 

"A gas cylinder at the scene was cooled to an ambient temperature as some cylinders can explode when exposed to heat. There have been no reports of any injuries.

Barking and Dagenham Post: People in the neighbouring areas were advised to keep windows closedPeople in the neighbouring areas were advised to keep windows closed (Image: London Fire Brigade)

"The fire was very visible and produced large amounts of smoke. People in the area were advised to keep windows and doors closed."

The fire was called in at 12.54pm and was under control by 2.42pm. 

LFB said the blaze is believed to have been caused by a bonfire "spreading out of control".

"We would urge people to consider if their bonfire is necessary and to take care if you’re burning waste at home or at work," the spokesperson said.

"If you’re having a bonfire never leave it unattended and consider your neighbours when you do decide to have a fire in your garden.

"Make sure you build it well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges and never use flammable liquids to start it or burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans. Always keep a bucket of water or a hosepipe nearby in case of fire."