Last updated: 01/08/2019, 3:22 PM

Grass fire - Rainham

05/07/2019 13:18
Outdoor fire

Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called to a grass fire in Launders Lane in Rainham on Friday (July 5) afternoon.

At its height, approximately two hectares of grass and a pile of mixed waste were alight.

The Brigade's 999 Control Officers took 15 calls about the incident.

Crews remained at the scene throughout the weekend and into the following week to continue to tackle deep seated pockets of fire.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: "Crews made good progress however because of the quantity of waste on the site, deep seated pockets of fire remained under the waste throughout the week. 

"Diggers were used to help turn over the waste to allow fire crews better to access the remaining pockets of fire.

"This process meant that there was a lot of visible smoke coming from the fire so residents living nearby were advised to continue to keep their doors and windows closed as a precaution."

The Brigade was called at 1318 on Friday (July 5) and the fire was under control at 0957 on Thursday (July 11). Crews from Wennington, Hornchurch, Dagenham and surrounding fire stations attended the scene.