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Chadwell Heath industrial park fire: 150 firefighters battling car repair workshop blaze

PUBLISHED: 09:02 24 January 2020 | UPDATED: 12:15 24 January 2020

Firefighters are battling a blaze at a car workshop in the Chadwell Heath industrial estate. Picture: Alan Field.

Firefighters are battling a blaze at a car workshop in the Chadwell Heath industrial estate. Picture: Alan Field.

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Fire crews are battling a blaze at the Chadwell Heath industrial park.

The fire brigade has been on scene since around 8.30am. Picture: LFBThe fire brigade has been on scene since around 8.30am. Picture: LFB

Around 150 firefighters and 25 fire engines are at the scene on Kemp Road in Dagenham, where half of a single storey car repair workshop is alight.

Station Commander Barrie May, who is at the scene, says it will be a "protracted" incident.

He said: "Local residents are advised to keep windows and doors shut as there is heavy smoke in the area."

London Fire Brigade's 999 control centre has received 73 calls about the blaze.

Residents of the area are advised to keep windows and doors shut as there is heavy smoke from the blaze. Picture: LFBResidents of the area are advised to keep windows and doors shut as there is heavy smoke from the blaze. Picture: LFB

The brigade was first called at 8.27am.

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Crews from Dagenham, Ilford, Romford, Hornchurch, Hainault, East Ham, Barking, Walthamstow, Harold Hill, Stratford, Plaistow, Wennington, Leytonstone and surrounding stations are on scene.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

Emma Simpson took this photo from a Chadwell Heath car park of the smoke from the nearby industrial estate blaze. Picture: Emma SimpsonEmma Simpson took this photo from a Chadwell Heath car park of the smoke from the nearby industrial estate blaze. Picture: Emma Simpson

It follows another blaze at the industrial estate last Saturday night, January 18.

The brigade was called at 10.47pm to the fire, which damaged a number of workshops and destroyed three vehicles inside a car repair workshop.

There were no reported injuries.

Firefighters cooled three gas cylinders to an ambient temperature and removed them as some cylinders can explode when exposed to heat.

Smoke billowing from the industrial estate, as seen from the window of a nearby building. Picture: Mark Alan CooperSmoke billowing from the industrial estate, as seen from the window of a nearby building. Picture: Mark Alan Cooper

Crews from Dagenham, Barking, Ilford, Romford and Hornchurch stations were at the scene and had the fire under control by 12.52am.

The cause of that fire is under investigation.

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