Fire in barking

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Some 20 fire crews are tackling the blaze in Barking

A huge fire has broken out at warehouses in east London.

Plumes of black smoke could be seen billowing across London from the site of the blaze in Barking.

Nad Nazir, who lives nearby, was out walking when he saw a building engulfed in flames and dialled 999.

About 120 firefighters have been tackling the fire on an industrial estate next to the A13. London Fire Brigade was called to the scene on Alfreds Way just after 18:30 BST.

Mr Nazir, a 36-year-old journalist, was out walking when he spotted what he thought was a small house fire.

He said: “When I arrived there were just a few flames and then all of a sudden it was engulfed and completely set alight.”

He said the building was among a cluster of warehouses and he did not know which one it was or what it contained, but London Fire Brigade said a single-storey warehouse and part of an adjoining warehouse were alight.

Twenty fire engines were sent to the scene from Barking, East Ham, Dagenham, Plaistow, Ilford and surrounding fire stations.

Station manager Jim Smith, who is at the scene, said: “Crews are working hard to prevent the fire spreading. Firefighters expect to be on scene throughout the night.”

London Ambulance Service (LAS) has urged people in the area to keep windows and doors closed because of the large amount of smoke from the blaze.

A spokesman for the LAS said an ambulance crew, incident response officer and hazardous area response team had been dispatched but no-one had been treated at the scene.

The fire service said the cause of the blaze was not known at this stage.

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