Barking fire caused by burning rubbish on travellers’ site

PUBLISHED: 10:53 16 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:53 16 June 2015

The fire on the Northern Relief Road (picture: @81Louise)

The fire on the Northern Relief Road (picture: @81Louise)


A fire by the Northern Relief Road was caused by burning rubbish on a site occupied by travellers.

A London Fire Brigade spokesman confirmed that the small blaze, which was discovered on Monday afternoon, was caused by rubbish being set alight.

One crew from Barking fire station attended at around 3.30pm and took around 15 minutes to put it out.

Despite their swift action, the black smoke could be seen billowing up from the site, which is close to Barking station.

Twitter user @81Louise, who lives nearby, took to social media to say she had to close all her windows due to the amount of smoke.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said that they had received a call at around 4.15pm to say travellers were trying to get back onto the private land, which is adjacent to Glenny Road and Bamford Road.

He added that he believed the “11 or 12” caravans had arrived earlier that afternoon but that the local authority was dealing with their removal.

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