London Fire Brigade

Barking - waste recycling centre fire

01 January 2018

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers were called to a fire at a waste recycling centre on Gallions Close in Barking in the early hours of this morning.

Twenty tonnes of recycling waste was destroyed in the blaze and part of an industrial waste compactor was also damaged by the fire.

Watch Manager Kevin Morris was at the scene, said: “On arrival this was a well developed fire. Crews worked extremely hard to stop the fire spreading and managed to keep it contained it to the recycling centre. 

“Fortunately no one was on the site at the time of the fire so there are no injuries reported. Crews are still on scene damping down and are likely to remain there today to ensure there are no pockets of fire and it’s fully extinguished.”

The Brigade was called at 0108 and the fire was under control by 04.29. Fire crews from Barking, East Ham, Plaistow, Poplar, Ilford and Dagenham fire stations attended the incident.

The cause of the fire is accidental.