London Fire Brigade

Erith - 100 firefighters tackle scrap yard blaze

25 June 2014

Fire crews remain at the scene of a large blaze which broke out  at an industrial estate on Maypole Crescent in Erith yesterday evening.

The fire affected a scrap yard, which included numerous vehicles and a large quantity of scrap metal, as well as badly damaging two neighbouring car workshops. The blaze is now under control, but at its height around 15 fire engines and 100 firefighters and officers were tackling the fire and they remain at the scene damping down remaining pockets of fire this morning.

Thankfully there were no reports of any injuries but as a precaution people working at nearby businesses on the industrial estate were evacuated from the area  by fire crews and the police.

At the height of the incident smoke could be seen for miles around and as it drifted from the scene, residents were advised to keep doors and windows closed.

A 200m hazard zone was also put in place as there were acetylene gas cylinders found on the site and these can explode when exposed to heat. The hazard zone was reduced this morning after the gas cylinders were removed.

Station manager Lee Sparks who was at the scene said: “Initially we were called to a scrap yard alight but the fire took hold quite quickly and spread to two nearby workshops. When they arrived firefighters were confronted with challenging conditions. There was thick smoke and the flames were high and crews worked incredibly hard to ensure the fire didn’t spread any further than it did."

The Brigade was called at 1759 and the fire was under control at 0039. Fire crews from Greenwich, East Greenwich, Plumstead, Erith, Lee Green, Eltham, Sidcup, Bexley, Bromley, Sidcup, Orpington, Deptford and Addington fire stations attended the incident.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.