Fire at Canning Town scrapyard brought under control

PUBLISHED: 15:25 16 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:19 17 February 2017

The fire took place at a scrapyard in Canning Town. Picture: London Fire Brigade

The fire took place at a scrapyard in Canning Town. Picture: London Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade

A fire at a scrapyard in Canning Town which could be seen for miles around has been brought under control by firefighters.

Nearly 60 firefighters and eight fire engines were called to Bidder Street shortly before 3pm after scrap material and part of a shipping container caught fire.

Up to 60 people were evacuated from neighbouring businesses. The blaze was brought under control by 4.33pm.

Watch Manager Richard Tapp said: “The smoke was very visible and could be seen from miles around.

“Firefighters worked hard to bring it under control and will be there throughout the evening damping down pockets of fire.”

Fire engines from Plaistow, Poplar, Millwall, Shadwell, Whitechapel attended along with London Ambulance Service.

An LAS spokeswoman said: “We were called at 3pm today to reports of a fire at an address on Star Lane.

“We sent an incident response officer and our Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene.”

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

Did you see what happened? Contact Kat Hopps on 020 84777 3789 or email

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