Huge fire engulfs paint factory in London (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
“This is a significant fire at a paint factory off the North Circular which can be seen across London. We’d ask people to avoid the area if possible and local residents to keep their doors and windows shut,” London Fire Brigade said in a statement. The initial call to the fire brigade was placed at 9:30 pm local time.
Firefighters are working hard to bring the #StaplesCorner paint factory fire under control. If you're in the local area please shut your doors & windows. Updates will be tweeted on our feed © @EKesselmanhttps://t.co/DknPQ31lxFpic.twitter.com/gYKfZFJM1u— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) January 8, 2018
The fire department received at least 45 calls about the blaze which could be seen “for miles” across London, blanketing large parts of the city with smoke. Factory workers managed to flee the single-storey factory before firefighters arrived on scene. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
15 fire engines & 90 firefighters & officers are dealing with a large blaze at a paint factory on Waterloo Road #StaplesCorner. Please avoid the area & keep doors & windows shut. Pic @BlakeRidderpic.twitter.com/PQfBcNNK7l— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) January 8, 2018
So far, no injuries or casualties have been confirmed.
As of 23:40 local time, the fire department said it was making, "steady progress," in tackling the blaze.
Steady progress is being made at #StaplesCorner paint factory blaze. The whole of single storey warehouse is alight. Factory workers left the building before the Brigade arrived https://t.co/DknPQ31lxFpic.twitter.com/s2kkRwIhrt— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) January 8, 2018