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Firefighters tackle large blaze at Chadwell Heath car dealership

Pictures: London Fire Brigade.

Firefighters have extinguished a large blaze at Imperials car dealership in Chadwell Heath.

Emergency services were called to High Road at around 10pm last night.

Seven vehicles, the show room and a warehouse were destroyed by the blaze but it could have been much worse.

“In the early stages of this fire, quick thinking firefighters were able to make the area safe enough for around 40 cars at the dealership to be driven out of harms way,” said Assistant Commissioner Graham Ellis. “This stopped them being an explosion risk but it also saved many thousands pounds worth of vehicle damage. They also removed a number of cylinders which can explode when exposed to heat.

“The fire spread to a pile of tyres which created a lot of thick black smoke and we advised local residents to avoid the area and keep windows and doors shut.”

Fire crews also closed local roads because of the thick smoke and evacuated people living nearby.

The fire was eventually brought under control at around 7.20am this morning.

AC Ellis added: “The combination of cars, cylinders, petrol, tyres and a lot of thick smoke made this a very difficult fire to tackle. Crews did a good job from preventing the fire from spreading beyond the car dealership.”

Firefighters are still damping down hotspots and expect to be at the scene throughout Sunday morning.

Residents are being warned to keep windows and doors closed  because the area is still quite smoky.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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