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Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers were called to a car workshop fire on the High Street in Plaistow this evening.
The whole of the single storey workshop and four vehicles were gutted by the fire. The Brigade’s 999 control centre took twenty 999 calls alerting them to the fire which was in a rear yard near a parade of shops and flats. Fortunately no injuries were reported.
Station Manager, Richard Wyatt, was at the scene: “Seven people were evacuated by police from a nearby block of flats as a precaution due to gas cylinders on site, as some cylinders can explode when exposed to heat. The cylinders were removed safely and crews remained at the scene damping down after the fire was under control.”
The Brigade was called at 1748 and the incident was over for us by 2123. Fire crews from East Ham, Poplar, Millwall, Leyton, Barking fire stations were at the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.