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Firefighters bring Rainham landfill blaze under control

PUBLISHED: 14:28 23 April 2020 | UPDATED: 17:25 23 April 2020

Firefighters tackled a blaze at a landfill in Launders Lane, Rainham today (April 23). Picture: London Fire Brigade

Firefighters tackled a blaze at a landfill in Launders Lane, Rainham today (April 23). Picture: London Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade

Fire crews have brought a blaze involving 55 tonnes of waste under control at a landfill in Rainham.

Ten fire engines and 70 firefighters attended the scene in Launders Lane, which the London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called to just after 1pm today (April 23).

An LFB spokesman said the fire, which was brought under control at around 4pm, could be seen from the A13.

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Crews attended from across east and south-east London, including from Barking, Plaistow, Romford, Ilford and Bexley fire stations.

The spokesman added: “Firefighters will be dampening down pockets of fire throughout the evening.

“There were a number of gas cylinders in the rubbish. One exploded as it had been exposed to heat.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation.”


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