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Massive blaze hits waste site

PUBLISHED: 17:13 28 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:09 11 August 2010

FIREFIGHTERS battled for more than 36 hours to extinguish a massive blaze which tore through a waste transfer station last week. Emergency services were called to the McGrath Bros site, in River Road, Creekmouth, Barking, at around 2.45am on Wednesday.

FIREFIGHTERS battled for more than 36 hours to extinguish a massive blaze which tore through a waste transfer station last week.

Emergency services were called to the McGrath Bros site, in River Road, Creekmouth, Barking, at around 2.45am on Wednesday.

Eight fire engines were initially dispatched, and more than 50 fire fighters tackled the inferno, which consumed around 300 tonnes of waste, spread over an area the size of a football field.

Jim Donovan, Borough Commander for Barking and Dagenham, said: "The brigade has done an excellent job of containing the blaze.

"We have managed to protect the Victoria Wood Company next door which deals in reclaimed wood, so we're really pleased."

The fire brigade were forced to close River Road while the fire raged, causing traffic chaos and disruption to neighbouring companies.

Tim Ager, of Conifer London Ltd, said: "Every time something like this happens the emergency services close the road and we lose business as a result."

But a spokesperson for the Victoria Wood Works company added: "The fire service did very very well. We weren't really troubled by the blaze at all.

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