London Fire Brigade

Canning Town - large fire leads to power cuts

05 April 2012

Twelve fire engines and around 60 firefighters attended a large fire on Wharf Street close to Bidder Street in Canning Town in E16 in east London today.

Two warehouses and a pallet yard were destroyed by fire. Part of a scrap yard was also damaged. A van was completely burnt out and a car was partly damaged. Overhead power cables were also damaged by the blaze and this lead to power cuts which affected thousands of homes in London.

Station Manager Jim Morford, who was at the scene, said at the time of the blaze: “This is the second large fire to hit the capital in twenty four hours. Several calls were received by the Brigade’s control officers from members of the public who could see the huge plume of smoke rising from east London.

"Fire crews are at the scene and are working really hard to bring the flames under control. We’re obviously keen to prevent the fire from spreading to other industrial units.”

The Brigade was called at 1500 and the fire was surrounded at 1715, meaning there was no danger of it spreading further. The Brigade declared the incident over at 2027 although it is likely that firefighters will remain at the scene throughout the night to monitor the scene of the fire and ensure there are no hot spots remaining.

Fire engines from Plaistow, Stratford, Bow, Silvertown, Millwall and East Ham fire stations were at the scene. The cause of the fire is now under investigation.