Neighbours warned to keep windows and doors shut during Plaistow blaze

smoke billows from storage unit

Smoke pours from a builders' storage unit during a fire in Barking Road, Plaistow. - Credit: LFB

A builders' storage unit has been "badly damaged" in a fire in Plaistow.

Eight fire engines and about 60 firefighters tackled the flames at the facility in Barking Road after the brigade was called at 9.17am this morning (June 9).

A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade (LFB) said the storage facility was badly damaged in the incident.

Station commander Jason Oliff, who was at the scene, said: "Firefighters worked extremely hard in arduous conditions to bring the blaze under control.

"The fire produced a lot of thick, black smoke so we asked residents to close their doors and windows."

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Barking Road in both directions at the junction of New City Road closed due to the fire, with traffic signals at the crossing also not working as a result, according to Transport for London.

The fire was under control by 11.06am. Crews from East Ham, Stratford, Barking, Leytonstone and Millwall fire stations were at the scene.

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The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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