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Recycle centre blaze 'biggest in London for years'

More than 200 firefighters and 40 engines tackled a huge blaze at an east London recycling centre on Sunday.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said the fire at Hunts Waste Recycling Centre in Chequers Lane, Dagenham was under control by around 5.30pm, four hours after they had been called.

Earlier, London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “We’ve not seen a fire of this size in London for several years”

LFB said a plume of smoke could be seen across the capital pouring from a single-storey recycling plant the about size of a football pitch.  

An LFB spokeswoman said: “The fire is currently under control but we expect to be there for the next couple of days damping down the hotspots in the wreckage.”

Hunts Waste provides a range of waste management and recycling services including construction and demolition, commercial and industrial, plastic, glass, food and asbestos waste handling.

Firefighters attended the incident from fire stations in Leytonstone, Kingsland, Chingford, Woodford, Walthamstow, Hainualt, Romford, Hornchurch, Dagenham, Ilford, Barking, East Ham, Plaistow, Deptford, Bow, Homerton, Edmonton, Sidcup, Millwall, Stoke Newington, Leyton and Tottenham.

There were no injuries reported at the site. The cause of the fire is under investigation by LFB assisted by officers from the Environment Agency.

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