Fire crews still tackling huge blaze at Rainham recycling plant
- Credit: James Green
A huge blaze at a recyling plant on Creek Way in Rainham is still being tackled by 12 fire engines and more than 80 firefighters.
Around 100 tonnes of household waste – the equivalent of 40 white rhinoceros – is alight.
One firefighter who was called to the scene said he believed the fire had started on a conveyor belt, spreading to waste waiting to be recycled.
He said the building then caught alight before a crane collapsed into it.
Eight workers left the plant before the brigade arrived. No one was injured.
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The brigade was called just before 9.30am.
Fire crews from Wennington, Dagenham, Barking, East Ham, Stratford and Romford fire stations were initially sent to the scene.
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