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Chadwell Heath car workshop blaze under control

Witnesses saw smoke rising from an industrial estate in Chadwell Heath this morning (credit: Hazel Elizabeth Marshall)

Firefighters have brought a blaze at a car repair workshop in Chadwell Heath under control. 

Around 150 firefighters and 25 fire engines were called to the scene in Kemp Road just before 8.30am today

Half of a single-storey workshop was alight.

Footage of smoke rising from the industrial estate (credit: Adam Philbrick)

Station Commander James Ryan said: “The incident is now under control but crews will remain on scene for several hours to ensure there are no remaining pockets of fire. The advice for local residents remains keep windows and doors shut due to heavy smoke.

“The whole of Kemp Road is currently closed and motorists are advised to avoid the area for the foreseeable future as the fire crews bring this protracted incident to its conclusion.”

Large amounts of black smoke can be seen (credit: Adam Philbrick)

Fire crews from Dagenham, Ilford, Romford, Hornchurch, Hainault, East Ham, Barking, Walthamstow, Harold Hill, Stratford, Plaistow, Wennington, Leytonstone and other surrounding fire stations were in attendance.

Crews tackled another fire at the same site at around 10.45pm on Saturday, 18 January. 

A range of workshops, including a car repair workshop, were damaged by the first fire. Three vehicles were also destroyed. 

Firefighters tackled a blaze last night (credit: London Fire Brigade)

Firefighters cooled three gas cylinders which can explode when exposed to heat. 

They brought the blaze under control shortly before 1am on Sunday morning. 

The cause of both fires is under investigation. 

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