London Fire Brigade

Fire at a warehouse in Canning Town

16 February 2014

Fire crews tackled a fire in a large warehouse on Shipman Road in Canning Town on Saturday night. The roof and a large part of the first and second floors were damaged and crews worked hard to bring the fire under control. Firefighters in breathing apparatus rescued a man from the first floor of the warehouse and he was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service to be treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

Station Manager Philip Morton, who was at the scene, said:

"The fire was large and it looked dramatic when crews arrived. Firefighters worked hard to bring the fire under control, and crews rescued a man who was later taken to hospital by paramedics. The building was badly damaged in the blaze and fire investigators are now looking into what caused it."

Fifteen fire engines and two aerial appliances (like cherry pickers) went to the scene with 97 firefighters and officers. Crews attended from Dockhead, Homerton, Leyton, Whitechapel, Ilford, Barking, East Ham, Plaistow, East Greenwich, Lewisham, Poplar, Leytonstone, and Millwall fire stations.

The LFB was called at 2307 and the fire was declared under control at 0144.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.