Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers dealt with a fire at a car repair workshop on Colchester Avenue in Manor Park last night.
Gas cylinders were involved in the fire and a temporary hazard zone was set up around the affected area as a precaution, as some cylinders can explode when exposed to heat. Around thirty people in nearby properties self evacuated their properties before the Brigade arrived. Once fire crews made the area safe residents were allowed to return to their homes. Fortunately no one was injured.
Station Manager, John Fahey who was at the scene said: “This was a difficult fire involving gas cylinders. Fire crews took quick effective action to contain the fire to the car repair workshops and thankfully stopped it spreading to nearby homes. The workshop was totally damaged by fire.”
Firefighters from Ilford, East Ham, Stratford, Plaistow and Leyton fire stations attended the incident.
The Brigade was called at 2243 and the incident was under control by 0356.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.