15 May 2020 22:36
The video will start in 8 Cancel Sign up to FREE email alerts from Mirror - daily news Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Dramatic footage shows the ferocious and destructive scale of a fire at a huge warehouse in east London this evening. Thick black smoke can be seen pouring from the roof of the Saimaxx builder's merchant on Alfreds Way Industrial Estate in Barking. London Fire Brigade first received reports of the blaze just after 6.30pm and at least 125 firefighters raced to the scene, along with 20 fire engines, My London reports. The blaze has continued to rage for more than two hours with residents being warned to keep their windows and doors shut to avoid the smoke entering their homes. London Ambulance Service tweeted: "If you live near to this area please keep your windows and doors shut as it is causing a large amount of smoke." (Image: Jaaziah/Twitter) We're testing a new site: This content is coming soon The footage, taken from the car park of the vast industrial estate shows firecrew tackling attempting the inferno while smoke continues to rise from the warehouse.
More engines are seen arriving, while red-hot flames burst through the roof of the warehouse. Police are at the scene to help the Fire Brigade keep the area clear. The blaze has resulted in the closure of neighbouring roads and the Lodge Avenue Roundabout, which connects the A13 Alfreds Way with the industrial estate just to its south. (Image: PA) The fire is also close to the Barking to Romford Dock section of the c2c rail line connecting Essex and East London with the centre of London. All c2c trains towards Southend have been suspended and replacement bus services are running.
About 120 firefighters have been tackling the fire on an industrial estate next to the A13. London Fire Brigade was called to the scene on Alfreds Way just after 18:30 BST. Mr Nazir, a 36-year-old journalist, was out walking when he spotted what he thought was a small house fire. He said: "When I arrived there were just a few flames and then all of a sudden it was engulfed and completely set alight." He said the building was among a cluster of warehouses and he did not know which one it was or what it contained. London Fire Brigade said the building was a single-storey warehouse. Twenty fire engines were sent to the scene from Barking, East Ham, Dagenham, Plaistow, Ilford and surrounding fire stations. London Ambulance Service (LAS) has urged people in the area to keep windows and doors closed because of the large amount of smoke from the blaze. A spokesman for the LAS said an ambulance crew, incident response officer and hazardous area response team had been dispatched but no-one had been treated at the scene. The fire service said the cause of the blaze was not known at this stage. About 125 firefighters were called to battle a blaze that has broken out on an industrial estate in Barking, sending plumes of smoke across east London. The fire broke out on Friday evening at an estate on Alfreds Way, with crews called to the scene at 6.30pm. Pictures shared on social media suggested smoke from the blaze could be seen from across the capital, with one Twitter user in Battersea sharing an image of the fire. Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines In a tweet, the London Fire Brigade shared a picture of smoke billowing from a building, saying: "Firefighters are currently tackling a fire at an industrial estate in #Barking. A single storey warehouse is alight." The service later added: "Twenty fire engines and around 125 firefighters are currently tackling a fire at an industrial estate on Alfreds Way in #Barking." After the fire broke out, some entrances to the A13 road, just north of the industrial estate, were closed – while local residents were warned to keep their doors and windows closed to prevent smoke inhalation, My London reported. "We're at the scene of an industrial fire in #Barking. If you live near to this area please keep your windows and doors shut as it is causing a large amount of smoke," the London Ambulance Service said on social media, confirming its attendance at the blaze. A spokesperson said no one at the scene was currently being treated. Train services through Barking were also disrupted by the fire, with c2c Rail reporting there were delays on routes as a result of the incident, and replacement bus services laid on for some destinations. LFB said it had taken 75 calls about the blaze.