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Scrap yard fire in Mill Hill closes M1

Sections of the M1 closed for four days after 40 firefighters were called to a fire in a Mill Hill scrap yard in the early hours of 15 April, directly below the motorway.

The London Fire Brigade created a “temporary hazard zone” at the site just off Ellesmere Avenue, due to concerns that heated gas cylinders present may explode, but the fire was placed under control and the cylinders made safe.

It has been reported in the national press that the scrap yard in question is Apex Metals, however, there are also nearby car breakers and a skip yard which adjoin the property and the source of the fire is currently unknown.

Almost 50 local residents were evacuated, and fire fighters remained on the scene to extinguish any remaining “pockets of fire” in the scrapyard.

The M1 had closed in both directions between junctions one and four, and on Monday 18 April only two lanes were operating in both directions.

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