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Collier Row Fire: Six fire brigade crews battle blaze at car scrapyard until gone midnight

PUBLISHED: 07:36 07 August 2019 | UPDATED: 09:56 07 August 2019

This picture was taken just before 8pm before the majority of fire crews arrived. Picture: Gareth Clark

This picture was taken just before 8pm before the majority of fire crews arrived. Picture: Gareth Clark

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Firefighters from six fire stations across east London spent more than four hours last night tackling a deep seated blaze at a car scrapyard in Collier Row.

Firefighters tackled the blaze at a Collier Row scapyard until after midnight. Picture: Emma Lucky SlemmingsFirefighters tackled the blaze at a Collier Row scapyard until after midnight. Picture: Emma Lucky Slemmings

The London Fire Brigade was called to a car alight in an industrial unit off Clockhouse Lane at around 8pm.

An LFB spokeswoman confirmed fire crews were called at 7.53pm to reports of a fire in a storage yard and car workshop at the junction of Clockhouse Lane and Firbank Road.

Firefighters tackled the blaze at a Collier Row scapyard until after midnight. Picture: Emma Lucky SlemmingsFirefighters tackled the blaze at a Collier Row scapyard until after midnight. Picture: Emma Lucky Slemmings

She added: "Three containers were destroyed by the fire and part of a single storey car workshop was also damaged.

"An area of grass and scrubland to the rear of the property was also destroyed."

Smoke could be seen for miles around as firefighters tackled the blaze. Picture: Lindsey BennettSmoke could be seen for miles around as firefighters tackled the blaze. Picture: Lindsey Bennett

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Concerned members of the public made 36 calls to 999 regarding the fire, which was brought under control by 10.50pm.

Smoke could be seen for miles while the blaze was brought under control. Picture: Harry SmithSmoke could be seen for miles while the blaze was brought under control. Picture: Harry Smith

Videos circulating widely on social media show pillars of smoke visible for miles around the area, and large flames spreading to nearby trees.

A spokesman for one of the fire crews that attended the scene told the Recorder: "There were no injuries but because it was such a deep-seated fire and there were issues with accessing a water supply we were there for about four hours.

Smoke could be seen for miles while the blaze was brought under control. Picture: Gemma WilderspinSmoke could be seen for miles while the blaze was brought under control. Picture: Gemma Wilderspin

"There were six units out on the scene, the three local ones from Havering [Romford, Harold Hill and Hornchurch] and also engines there from Barking, Ilford and Hainault."

The Recorder understands that crews returned to their stations at around 1am, having spent some time after bringing the blaze under control dampening down the area to prevent further flare ups.

A view of the fire from Roneo Corner. Picture: Sarah O'SheaA view of the fire from Roneo Corner. Picture: Sarah O'Shea

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The fire was visible for miles around. Anyone with pictures of the incident they are happy for the Recorder to use - with a picture credit to them - can email them to matthew.clemenson@Archant.co.uk or tweet them to @RomfordRecorder.

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