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Massive fire in East London visible from miles around

PUBLISHED: 18:17 22 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:24 22 April 2011

Massive fire in Walthamstow tyre factory visible from Homerton Road. Photo credit Emma Bartholomew

Massive fire in Walthamstow tyre factory visible from Homerton Road. Photo credit Emma Bartholomew

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Major incident after Walthamstow industrial units go up in "spectacular fashion"

A massive fire, visible from miles around, erupted just before 4.30pm at an industral unit site in Billet Road, Walthamstow, E17.

There are 15 fire engines and around 75 fire fighters currently battling the blaze.

Gas cylinders - which can exposed when exposed to heat - are stored inside the units, so firefighters have set up a temporary hazard zone.

London Fire Brigade’s Peter Critchell, who is at the scene, said: “There’s no doubt - this is a large blaze.

“Our firefighters are working extremely hard in very warm conditions to try and get the flames under control and prevent it from spreading further.”

A police spokesman said the blaze had started inside a tyre factory.

“The fact that it’s tyres doesn’t help, they went up in a spectacular fashion,” he said.

It is not thought anyone has been injured.

Firefighters from Walthamstow, Leytonstone, Chingford, Woodford and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

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