Huge warehouse blaze on Saturday still smouldering in Canning Town

Collapsed warehouse roof after huge blaze at Canning Town

Collapsed warehouse roof after huge blaze at Canning Town - Credit: Archant

Fire crews have been at the scene of a huge warehouse blaze in east London for two days.

Collapsed warehouse roof after huge blaze at Canning Town

Collapsed warehouse roof after huge blaze at Canning Town - Credit: Archant

One man was rescued by firefighters in breathing apparatus from the first floor late Saturday night at the warehouse in Shipman Road, Off Prince Regent’s Lane, Canning Town.

The man was taken to hospital suffering from for burns and the effects of breathing toxic smoke.

“Pockets of fire are still smouldering,” a fire brigade officer said this morning. “Crews have been at the warehouse since Saturday to make making sure the area is safe.”

The roof and a large part of the first and second floors were damaged and emergency crews worked through the night to bring the fire under control.


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Fifteen fire engines and two aerial ladders were called to the blaze soon after 11pm with 97 firefighters and officers. Crews arrived from Plaistow, Millwall, Poplar, Whitechapel, East Ham, Homerton, Leyton, Ilford, Barking and Leytonstone and even as far as south London, from East Greenwich, Dockhead in Bermonsey and Lewisham.

Fire-station Manager Philip Morton, from Plaistow, who was at the scene, said: “The fire was large and looked dramatic when crews arrived.

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“Firefighters brought the blaze under control and crews rescued a man who was later taken to hospital by paramedics.”

The roof and rest of the building was badly damaged by the heat.

The blaze took more than two-and-a-half hours to bring under control. Neighbouring properties are not thought to have been affected. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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