Barking warehouse fire: 125 crew battle blaze

Twenty fire engines sent to single-storey warehouse blaze in east London

Fire fighters at the scene of the fire in Barking, east London.
Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Twenty fire engines and around 125 firefighters tackled a fire at a warehouse in Barking, east London, the London fire brigade (LFB) has said.

Officers were called to a single-storey warehouse on Friday evening after reports of a building being alight.

Fire crews from Barking, East Ham, Dagenham, Plaistow, Ilford and surrounding fire stations were sent. The LFB said the cause of the fire is not immediately known.

Firefighters were supported by members of the London ambulance service (LAS), who urged people living in the area to keep windows and doors shut due to large amounts of smoke.

A spokesman for the LAS said an ambulance crew, an incident response officer and a hazardous area response team had been dispatched but that no one had yet been treated at the scene. Station manager Jim Smith, who was at the scene, said: “A warehouse and an adjoining warehouse are alight. Crews are working hard to prevent the fire spreading.

The LFB said the fire was under control at around 1am on Saturday. Station manager Jim Smith, who was at the scene, said: “On arrival crews were faced with a well developed fire and large clouds of smoke. Crews worked hard to prevent the fire spreading. Firefighters expect to be on scene throughout the morning.”