15 Jul 2014
Firecrews from across London are tackling a blaze in a warehouse containing waste waiting to be recycled in the east of the city.
The fire affecting around 400 tonnes of the waste began at around 12.30am on Tuesday.
People living near to the building in Scarab Close, Lower Lea Crossing, Canning Town, were advised to shut their doors and windows to keep the smoke from the building from entering their homes.
At its height around 70 firefighters were at the scene and the London Fire Brigade fire boat was also used.
Speaking at the scene of the blaze, station manager Paul McClenaghan said the 8m-high stack of pre-recycled waste was ablaze and the firecrews were working to prevent the fire spreading to other buildings on the estate.
He said progress was being made but the fire was creating a great deal of smoke that is drifting towards people’s homes.
The London Fire Brigade has not yet revealed the cause of the blaze.
Copyright Press Association 2014