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Firefighters tackle blaze at Chadwell Heath recycling yard

PUBLISHED: 13:35 18 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:35 18 June 2018

Whalebone Lane North was partially closed after the fire broke out Picture: Google Maps

Whalebone Lane North was partially closed after the fire broke out Picture: Google Maps

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A busy road was closed for several hours as firefighters tackled a blaze at a Chadwell Heath recycling yard.

Six fire engines were called to Whalebone Lane North shortly before 2.15pm on Saturday to reports of a fire at a pallet recycling yard.

A stack of pallets and a shipping container of vehicle parts were damaged, as were a van and a forklift truck.

The 35-strong team of firefighters also had to contend with seven gas cylinders, which were cooled and removed as some cylinders can explode when exposed to heat.

The road was closed between Rose Lane and Billet Road as a precaution, with buses on diversion.

Crews from Dagenham, Hainault, Wennington and Ilford fire stations were able to get the fire under control within two and a half hours.

The fire is believed to have been caused by intentional burning getting out of control.

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