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Erith Industrial estate fire being investigated as arson

Massive warehouse fire in Yarnton Way Erith. Image: @LAS

Massive warehouse fire in Yarnton Way Erith. Image: @LAS

Fifteen London Fire Brigade engines & around 100 firefighters have been battling a huge warehouse blaze on an industrial estate in Yarnton Way Erith.

The massive plumes of acrid smoke have widely affected the surrounding areas including Abbey Wood.

15 fire engines deployed to deal with warehouse blaze. Image: 'LFB

15 fire engines deployed to deal with warehouse blaze. Image: ‘LFB

LFB have taken more than fifty 999 calls.

Specialist London Ambulance Brigade units are on standby, but there are as yet no reports of injuries.

Local residents have been advised to stay indoors and close their windows and doors as firefighters battled to bring the fire under control.

The height of the flames and volume of smoke can be seen from miles around.

Erith fire under control by 6 am with damping down expected through the rest of the day. Image: LFB

Erith fire under control by 6 am with damping down expected through the rest of the day. Image: LFB

A single storey industrial unit was completely alight when firefighters first arrived on the scene in the early hours of this morning.

The fire had spread to two adjacent units.

Station Manager Norman Perry, who is at the scene, said:

Fire crews worked hard to bring this under control. The blaze was in an industrial area and we managed to stop it spreading to any residential homes. We are likely to be at the scene throughout the morning damping down pockets of fire.

The Brigade was called at two minutes past two and the fire was under control by five forty.

Fire crews  from Greenwich, East Greenwich, Plumstead, Erith, Lee Green, Eltham, Deptford, Poplar, Shadwell, Bexley, Lewisham, Millwall and Sidcup fire stations all attended the incident.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

 

Update 6.06 am

The London Fire Brigade said they had the fire under control and ‘We’ll be at the scene throughout the morning damping down’

Update 5.15 pm 21/2/2015

Detectives in Bexley are investigating the blaze as ‘a suspicious fire’ and the criminal offence of arson.

The Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Gary Holmes, of Bexley police, said:

My team are working tirelessly to investigate this incident which we are treating as arson. We believe that this fire was started deliberately and I would appeal to anyone who may have any information to contact us.

If you were in the vicinity of the Yarnton Way industrial estate during the early hours of this morning and saw anyone or anything you believe may have been suspicious I would urge you to come forward. Thankfully no one was hurt during this incident but if anyone had been in the building there is no doubt they would have been killed. The person responsible is still at large and must be caught.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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