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Sprawling six-hectare Beckton grass fire ‘under control’

PUBLISHED: 15:27 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:27 26 July 2018

Around six hectares of grass was alight in Beckton. Picture: London Fire Brigade

Around six hectares of grass was alight in Beckton. Picture: London Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade

A sprawling six-hectare grass fire in Beckton is under control.

Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters were called to the blaze in Royal Road.

London Fire Brigade received the first of 33 calls to the flames at 1.18pm.

The scene was under control an hour and 40 minutes later, however teams will likely remain throughout the afternoon.

Crews from East Greenwich, Bethnal Green, Leyton, East Ham and Walthamstow are on scene.

“During the hot weather we are attending a large number of grass fires across London,” said a Brigade spokesperson.

“We’re asking the public to take care not to drop cigarettes or matches on dry grass and to keep a very close eye on barbecues.

“Dropped glass can also start fires as the sun can magnify the sun’s rays.

“Grass fires can quickly spread and cause serious damage, so if you see grass smouldering, please call 999 immediately.”

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