Firefighters get East Ham blaze under control after 600 tonnes of waste catches fire

PUBLISHED: 08:06 25 April 2019 | UPDATED: 09:49 25 April 2019

Firefighters at the fire on Jenkins Lane. Picture: LFB.

Firefighters at the fire on Jenkins Lane. Picture: LFB.


It has taken around 70 firefighters almost four hours to get a fire at the Jenkins Lane dump under control.

The emergency services were called to the blaze in East Ham yesterday at 3.39pm and found 600 tonnes of shredded household waste alight.

The firefighters and ten fire engines had the fire under control by 7.37pm. The last pockets of it were put out at around 2.30am this morning.

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The fire took hold despite a foam fire suppression system being in place at the facility.

Crews from East Ham, Barking, Plaistow, Ilford, Poplar, Stratford and other surrounding fire stations attended the scene.

There have been no reports of injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

A council spokeswoman said Jenkins Lane is now open for the public to use and waste collections should happen as normal.

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