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PICTURES: Fire in Plaistow sees families evacuated due to explosion fears

PUBLISHED: 09:06 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:56 20 March 2017

PICTURE: Andrea Randall

PICTURE: Andrea Randall

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Families were evacuated from blocks flats in Plaistow after a blaze which gutted a car workshop.

PICTURE: Andrea RandallPICTURE: Andrea Randall

A fire broke out in the Hole In The Wall garage in Plaistow High Street near Shaftesbury Point at around 6pm on Saturday, destroying the busienss and four vehicles.

Station manager Richard Wyatt, who was at the scene, said that people were evacuated from nearby flats “as a precaution due to gas cylinders on site, as some cylinders can explode when exposed to heat”.

Eyewitness Andrea Randall said that she was evacuated from her home in Rowan Court along with her children, aged 6 and 11, at around 6.40pm and was allowed back in at 8pm.

She said she couldn’t believe the size of the fire and added: “I’m glad we didn’t have to stand outside too long before we were let back in our flat”.

PICTURE: Andrea RandallPICTURE: Andrea Randall

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters from East Ham, Poplar, Millwall, Leyton and Barking fire stations tackled the blaze, which sparked 20 999 calls.

Fortunately no-one was injured in the fire, and Richard Wyatt added: “The cylinders were removed safely and crews remained at the scene damping down after the fire was under control.”

The incident was over for the fire brigade at 9.23pm, and the cause fo the fire is under investigation.

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