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Firefighters tackle 400 tonne recycling blaze

Seventy firefighters have tackled a blaze at G B Macks Skips’ recycling warehouse in Canning Town in the east London.

An 8m-high stack of recycling materials weighing around 400 tonnes caught fire shortly after midnight at the facility at Scarab Close on the banks of the river Thames.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said that at the height of the incident 10 fire engines from East Ham, Ilford, Plaistow, Stratford, Shadwell, Millwall, Homerton, Dagenham, East Greenwich and Tooting fire stations were at the scene, as well as the brigade’s fire boat.

The fire was bought under control overnight and LFB said that by morning six engines and 35 firefighters remained on the scene. Contingency crews had to be brought in when a planned firefighters’ strike took place between 6am and 8am.

Station manager Paul McClenaghan said: “Crews worked hard to bring the blaze under control and to stop it from spreading to neighbouring buildings on the industrial estate.”     

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage but LFB said it was under control and some crews would remain on site to deal with remaining small patches of fire.

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