Investigation into cause of West Drayton Garden Centre fire

Two storey garden centre ablaze in West Drayton. Image: @LondonFire

Two storey garden centre ablaze in West Drayton. Image: @LondonFire

An inquiry is underway to find the cause of a garden centre blaze in West Drayton overnight that could be seen for miles and needed 100 London Fire Brigade firefighters to bring it under control.

Most of the two storey Ansell Garden Centre was alight on Holloway Lane in West Drayton last night and crews had to put a 300 metre safety cordon around the fire affected area.

Around 20 people left the centre before the Brigade arrived, and nobody has been hurt.

Station Manager Sanjay Prasad said:

Firefighters worked very hard in difficult conditions to bring this incident under control. A number of cylinders were in the garden centre which is why a 300 metre hazard zone was set up as cylinders can explode when exposed to heat.

Quick thinking firefighters were able to drag the majority of the cylinders away from the fire which prevented a possible explosion.

Then firefighters used covering jets to cool the remaining cylinders down. Fireworks were also being stored at the garden centre but again, firefighters hosed the storage area down to ensure they did not can catch alight.

Fifteen fire engines and two aerial ladder platforms from stations including Heathrow, Hayes, Hillingdon, Feltham and Southall fire stations attended the scene.

Brigade Control officers received around 20 calls about the fire which was very visible and could be seen from a number of miles away.

Station manager Prasad added: ‘Most of the garden centre building has been damaged by the fire but crews were able to contain it and prevent any further spread. Thankfully nobody has been injured in this fire.’

The Brigade was called at 4.33 pm yesterday evening and the fire was under control by 9.31 pm, but crews had to dampen down the scene through the night.

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