AT least 125 firefighters were still tackling a huge fire this morning which broke out at a London car dealership.
Crews were scrambled to fight the inferno which broke out late last night at a car dealership in Chadwell Heath, east London.
London Fire Brigade warned residents to keep their windows and doors closed, and said to avoid the area if possible.
The fire started at around 10pm Saturday night, but fire crews are still at the site on High Road, near Romford, this morning.
Fire chiefs said 125 people were tackling the blaze at its height which involved around 100 car tyres, parked cars and a workshop.
Station manager Paul Eastland warned: “The fire has spread to a pile of tyres and is creating a lot of thick black smoke.”
He added: “I would avoid the area if you can and keep your windows and doors shut if you live locally.”
“Avoid the area if you can and keep your windows and doors shut”
Paul Eastland, station manager
Paul said the fire could have been far worse if crews hadn’t acted as soon as they did.
“In the early stages of this fire, quick-thinking firefighters were able to make the area safe enough for many of the cars at the dealership to be driven out of harm’s way,” he said.
“This stopped them being an explosion risk but it also saved many thousands of pounds worth of vehicle damage.
“They also removed a number of cylinders which can also explode when exposed to heat.”
In an initial update this morning at 8am the London Fire Brigade tweeted: “Firefighters will be damping down the hotspots at the car dealership fire on the High Rd, Chadwell Heath, for a number of hours this morning.
“The fire is still producing a lot of smoke and local road closures are in place so avoid the area if you can.”
It said an hour later: “The car dealership fire on the High Rd #ChadwellHeath is now under control. Crews are damping down hotspots but the area is still very smoky. Please avoid if you can.”