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Last updated: 25/09/2018, 1:24 PM

120 firefighters tackle Tottenham warehouse blaze

06/11/2015 21:49
Tower Hamlets
Fire at commercial property

Twenty fire engines and around 120 firefighters were called to deal with a large warehouse fire on Pretoria Road in Tottenham last night.

Three aerial appliances (similar to cherry pickers) were also used to fight the fire and 999 control operators took in excess of 100 emergency calls.

A single storey clothing warehouse and a smaller adjacent building were gutted in the fire but quick actions and skilful firefighting by crews saved two neighbouring warehouses from serious damage. There are no reports of any injuries.

Station Manager Bill Dunn who was at the scene said: "When they arrived our crews faced a large, well developed fire and they worked incredibly hard in what were extremely challenging conditions to successfully prevent it from spreading to two neighbouring warehouses. At its height we had over 100 firefighters at the scene.

"Around 30 people had to be evacuated from homes in the nearby area during the initial stages of the fire as a precaution but they have since been allowed to return."

The Brigade was called at 2149 and the fire was under control at 0220. Crews from Tottenham, Hornsey, Walthamstow, Edmonton, Stoke Newington and surrounding fire stations attended the incident.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and it is expected that crews will remain at the scene throughout the morning to damp down the fire. As of 0730 on 7 November, 8 fire engines and around 60 firefighters are still attending the incident.