Fire crews battle burning embers and high winds to save timber business in Barking

PUBLISHED: 09:51 21 May 2013 | UPDATED: 11:28 21 May 2013


Fire crews were quick to prevent further devastation at a timber warehouse as planks of wood caught alight sending hot embers flying into the air.

Some 25 firefighters from four stations tackled the blaze in the early hours of this morning at Sehmi and Sons wood joinery in Long Reach Road, Barking.

A stack of timber four metres high and three wide was destroyed in the blaze, which could have been worse if not for intervention by the fire brigade, claimed blue watch manager Stephen Chaplin.

He said: “Because of high winds conditions were very smoky with lots of hot embers flying all around the place.

“It was only by our quick actions that we prevented the fire spreading right through the warehouse.”

He said the owners were grateful fire crews had managed to save the rest of their business. Speaking to the Post on the phone, one spokesman for the company said they were “trading again straight away”.

There were no injuries resulting from the fire although about 10 per cent of the warehouse was damaged.

A rescue unit from East Ham was called to gain entry to the property which was secured shut.

The crews, from Barking, Plaistow and East Ham, left the scene at 4.30am having closed Longreach Road while they worked.

There were no injuries reported, the cause is being investigated.

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