Rainham landfill blaze: Launders Lane hit by three fires in five days
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Dozens of firefighters were drafted in to tackle the third fire to break out on a Rainham road in just five days.
The London Fire Brigade's (LFB) 999 control officers took 12 calls to the blaze, which was spotted at a landfill site in Launders Lane just before 4pm yesterday (April 20).
There were multiple seats of fire in an area of fly-tipped waste, and at the height of the incident about 60 firefighters using eight fire engines were working to put out the fire.
It took them 11 hours - until 2.45am this morning - to bring the blaze under control.
This latest fire follows two others in the last week, on Sunday (April 17) and Friday (April 15) respectively.
These multiple incidents have caused travel delays; New Road has been shut in both directions - between Upminster Road North and East Hall Lane - while Launders Lane has also been affected.
An LFB spokesperson said all the fires are still being investigated and their causes have not yet been confirmed.
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On Sunday night, a grass fire on an area of wasteland in Launders Lane took 25 firefighters an hour-and-a-half to extinguish.
Friday's blaze - on multiple seats of shrubland and bush wasteland - was more serious.
Forty firefighters battled from 2am until 8.20pm to bring it under control.