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Ten fire engines and 72 firefighters and officers have been called to a fire at a waste management site in Auckland Road, Leyton.
Around half of 1000 tonnes of waste is currently alight.
Station Manager, Dave Green is at the scene and said: “Mechanical diggers are being used to make fire breaks to prevent the fire spreading. This is likely to be a protracted incident and fire crews are likely to be working throughout the night damping down pockets of fire to ensure there's no smouldering or reignition.“
The Brigade was called at 1714 and was under control by 2022 fire crews from Leyton, Leytonstone, Homerton, Stratford, and surrounding fire stations are attending the incident.
The cause of the fire is not known at this time.