Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at a landfill site on Landers lane in Rainham.
Half of the landfill site was was damaged by fire.
The Brigade was called at 0057 and the fire was under control at 0756. Fire crews from Dagenham, Wennington, and Hornchurch fire stations attended the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.