Massive fire sparks dramatic evacuation over explosion fears at an industrial park in Dagenham, UK
The blaze took several hours to extinguish
Firefighters staged a dramatic evacuation at an industrial park in east London after a gas cylinder was in danger of exploding, putting nearby residents at risk.
Forty-three people were evacuated from their homes after the fire broke out in the early hours of this morning at the site in Kemp Avenue, Dagenham.
The blaze, which started at about 3am, damaged a car repair workshop that had two metal containers attached to it.
A small part of the workshop and the whole of both containers was destroyed, while eight cars were also damaged.
Nobody was injured in the incident, the London Fire Brigade said.
A 50m safety cordon was put in place while firefighters cooled a gas cylinder, as some cylinders can explode when exposed to heat.
The cylinder and another unaffected by the blaze were later removed from the scene.
Station Manager John Fahey who was at the scene, said: “Firefighters worked hard to quickly deal with the risk caused by the gas cylinder, so those who had been evacuated from nearby properties could return to their homes as soon as possible.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation, the brigade said.
Courtesy of standard.co.uk