Fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters and officers were called to a large warehouse and waste fire on Chequers Lane in Dagenham this evening.
Station Manager Gary Woulds who was at the scene said: "Crews worked extremely hard to get the fire under control. It affected a single storey warehouse containing approximately 100 tons of mixed waste and machinery. Firefighters will now remain at the scene for some time damping down."
The warehouse measures around 80 metres by 35 metres and smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles around during the early stages of the fire.
The Brigade was called at 1757 and the fire was under control by 2112. Firefighters remain on the scene damping down remaining pockets of fire.
Crews from Barking, Dagenham, East Ham, Ilford, Hornchurch, Romford, Stratford, Poplar and other surrounding fire stations are at the scene.
The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.