London Fire Brigade

Walthamstow warehouse blaze

25 August 2012

Fifteen fire engines and around 75 firefighters have spent the day tackling a fire in a warehouse on Hookers Road in Walthamstow E17.

The warehouse is around 100 metres by 50 metres and the two storey building has been badly damaged in the blaze. Thankfully there are no reports of any injuries.

Station Manager Peter Curtin who is at the scene said: "Our crews have been battling against this fire since the early hours of this morning and firefighters worked incredibly hard to get the blaze under control and to stop it from spreading to neighbouring properties. It has been a particularly challenging incident as there were very deep seated pockets of fire inside the building that crews had to get to. We'll now be remaining at the scene until these are extinguished."

There were no evacuations from nearby properties but at the height of the incident, on the advice of the Health Protection Agency, the Brigade asked people in the area to keep their doors and windows closed as a precaution because of the smoke.

The Brigade was called at 0337and the fire was under control by 1618. Firefighters from Walthamstow, Leytonstone, Chingford, Woodford, Walthamstow, Dagenham, Plaistow, Tottenham, Shoreditch, Bow, Homerton, Leyton and Stoke Newington fire stations attended the incident.

The cause of the fire will be under investigation.