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Firefighters tackle London's biggest fire for several years

posted 12 Aug 2012, 10:22 by Mpelembe   [ updated 12 Aug 2012, 10:23 ]

Over 200 firefighters attempt to put out a massive blaze at a recycling plant in east London, about eight miles from the Olympic Park.

DAGENHAM, EAST LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 12, 2012) (BBC/ITN HELICOPTER) - More than 200 firefighters are tackling a blaze which is said to be the biggest in London for several years.

UK's Press Association reported forty fire engines have been sent to the incident at a recycling centre on Chequers Lane in Dagenham, east London, about eight miles from the Olympic Park.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said he had not seen a fire of this size in London for many years and described it as 'a dramatic end to the Olympics for the London Fire Brigade'.

No injuries had been reported and officials have said the fire will not affect the closing ceremonies scheduled for Sunday night.

London Fire Brigade said a plume of smoke could be seen across London at the height of the incident.

A single storey recycling building, which is around 50 metres by 100 metres, was completely alight.

Firefighters were called at 1.15pm and crews from Dagenham, Barking, East Ham and surrounding stations were sent to the scene.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.