Over 100 firefighters respond to significant east London industrial fire

Crews from London Fire Brigade (LFB), Kent, and Essex Fire and Rescue services responded to the incident at an industrial estate in Rainham

On the afternoon of Thursday 20 June, over 40 reports were received of thick smoke issuing from a warehouse at the industrial estate on Ferry Lane, Rainham. Responding to the calls, LFB personnel found two industrial units alight and proceeded to tackle the fire, with crews from Barking, East Ham, Wennington, Dagenham, and surrounding fire stations joining.

Firefighters from Kent Fire and Rescue Service and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service were also called upon to support at the scene, with around 125 firefighters and 20 fire appliances involved in the incident.

Due to the large amount of smoke issuing from the fire, demonstrated by footage captured by local social media users, LFB advised local residents and passing motorists to keep windows shut whilst the blaze was underway, and a 25m cordon was put in place.

As reported by the Newham Recorder, the London Ambulance Service were also on hand as a precaution as firefighters tackled the blaze, but there were no injuries reported.

LFB reported later that same evening that the blaze had been brought under control, with a spokesperson saying, “One warehouse containing multiple industrial units was alight. A 25-metre cordon was put in place as a precaution. There were no reports of any injuries.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.