London Fire Brigade

Staples Corner - Paint factory blaze

08 January 2018

Fifteen fire engines and 97 firefighters and officers tackled a large paint factory blaze on Waterloo Road in Staples Corner.

Ninety-nine 999 calls were received by Brigade Control to this very visible fire that could be seen for miles around.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Andy Bell, who was at the scene said:

"This was a significant fire at a paint factory off the North Circular which could be seen across London. The fire completely destroyed the single storey building. Fire crews worked extremely hard to remove around fifty 100 gallon drums of thinners and solvent from an adjacent building and cooled two large tanks that were situated close to the fire. This quick thinking  from fire crews dramatically limited the potential impact of the blaze.

“Factory workers left before the Brigade arrived and there are no reports of any injuries. Firefighters will remain  at the scene throughout today damping down pockets of fire."

The Brigade was called at 2120 and the fire was under control by 0022. Fire crews from Hendon and surrounding fire stations were at the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.