Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters and officers were called to a blaze at an industrial estate on Orwell Close in Rainham yesterday evening.
The fire badly damaged a range of single storey industrial buildings, including units used for glass manufacturing . Thankfully there were no reports of any injuries.
A cordon was put in place because a number of gas cylinders were involved in the fire. Crews cooled them down as some cylinders can explode when exposed to heat.
Fire engines from Romford, Hornchurch, Dagenham, Ilford, Barking, East Ham, Wennington and Harold Hill fire stations were at the scene.
The Brigade was called at 2106 and the fire was under control by 0311. The cause of the fire is under investigation