15 July 2014

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at an industrial estate in Canning Town.

The fire broke out at the recycling warehouse at 12:30am.

The incident occurred during a period of industrial action, so four contingency crews were called in to tackle the fire between 6am and 8am, while firefighters went on strike.

After the strike, six engines and 30 firefighters, attended the scene. 

The fire is still alight but has been brought under control. The cause is not known.

A spokesman from the London Fire Brigade told the BBC: “An eight-metre stack of about 400 tonnes of domestic recycling materials is on fire.

"Crews are working hard to bring the blaze under control and to stop it from spreading to neighbouring buildings on the industrial estate.

"We're making steady progress, but the fire is producing large plumes of smoke which are drifting, so any residents who are affected are advised to keep doors and windows closed.”

The Environment Agency is also at the scene to minimise the impact to the local environment.

Commercial buildings, non-domestic and multi-occupancy premises in England and Wales are already forced to undertake a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

While the overwhelming majority of premises do this, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.