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Last updated: 03/08/2020, 9:14 AM

Grass fire - Rainham

31/07/2020 13:21
Outdoor fire

Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters were called to a grass fire on Launders Lane in Rainham.

Mixed recyclables and shrubland in a derelict landfill site covering an area of five hectares were destroyed in the fire. There were no reports of any injuries.

Station Commander Verona Clarke, who was at the scene, said: "Crews worked hard in very hot, challenging conditions to tackle this fire which covers a significant area.

"This was a protracted incident and firefighters were on scene into the weekend damping down deep seated pockets of fire."

The Brigade was called at 1321 and was under control by 2007. Fire crews from Havering, Poplar, Barking, Hornchurch, Wennington and surrounding fire stations were at the scene, along with colleagues from Essex Fire and Rescue service.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Grass fire prevention tips: 

  • Don’t drop cigarettes or anything that is burning on dry ground  
  • Don’t  drop cigarettes out of car windows, they may land on dry grass by the roadside  
  • Avoid having barbecues in parks and public spaces 
  • Never leave camp fires or barbecues unattended and extinguish them properly after you have finished using them  
  • Position your barbecue on level ground and keep it well away from anything that may catch fire (sheds, fences, trees, tents etc.) 
  • Do not barbecue on balconies, the wind may carry smouldering ash towards nearby grassland  
  • If you’re  barbecuing near dry grass have a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergency use 
  • Be aware that children, animals, balls or anything else may knock over barbecues, increasing the risk of grass fires, especially when in a busy parks or public spaces 

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