24/05/2004

Homes evacuated after east London industrial estate fire

Around 500 people have been evacuated from the area surrounding a huge fire on an industrial estate in Leyton, east London.

London Fire Brigade said that 50 firefighters were working to make the area safe after a blaze broke out in a single storey warehouse on Argall Avenue at around 3.40am this morning.

A spokesperson for London Fire Brigade said that a number of gas cylinders inside a warehouse were thought to be overheating and, with the possibility of explosions occurring, the adjacent houses were evacuated as a precaution.

Crews from the London area were still attending an earlier fire in Dagenham this morning.

Fourteen people were evacuated yesterday after a fire broke out in a garage in Church Street, Dagenham. The blaze caused a cylinder to explode shortly after fire crews arrived. An exclusion zone has been placed around the area while firefighters cooled the remaining cylinders.

(SP)

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