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Huge warehouse fire sends smoke over west London

  • 1-31-2012

A large fire has sent smoke over west London as 75 firefighters try to extinguish the blaze at a range of industrial units.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said 15 fire engines were at the scene in Shepherds Bush. The fire has now been contained.

White City Tube station and Wood Lane were closed after the blaze started at 09:35 GMT.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from the nearby BBC White City complex.

A section of the A40 was closed earlier but has now reopened.

An LFB spokesman said the estimated total size of the warehouses was 170m by 90m (557ft by 295ft) and 50% had been on fire.

As of 13:35 GMT, he said the fire was contained with no risk of it spreading.

A safety cordon was put up around Wood Lane earlier as a precaution in case gas cylinders were inside the premises.

"We've found one acetylene cylinder at the site of the Wood Lane fire and crews are cooling it to make it safe," a spokesman said.

There have been no reports of explosions.

'Challenging incident'

Station manager Rod Horton, who is at the scene, said earlier: "The fire is affecting a range of industrial buildings on the dairy site.

"It's a challenging and developing incident at the moment and we're likely to be at the scene for some time."

An ambulance and a hazardous area response team is also in attendance but London Ambulance Service said no-one had been reported hurt.

More than 100 people were evacuated from the factory complex, according to a local petrol station worker.

Rashid Ansari, 23, a sales assistant at Esso petrol station in Wood Lane, said: "The fire took place around the back of the Unigate factory. It is a multiple factory so a lot of people work there... they have closed the road and not a single person is allowed down here. There is lots of thick, dark smoke."

The LFB spokesman said: "People were evacuated but we do not believe it was as many as 100."

'Traffic chaos'

A Transport for London (TfL) spokesman said: "Buses are currently on diversion and TfL is working to divert traffic away from the area and minimise any disruption caused by this incident."

Train services have also been disrupted.

Eyewitness Guy Ramshaw said: "We were on the A40, driving up from Earl's Court when we saw the smoke.

"They had shut the Westway so there was no A40 going out of the city from Paddington. It was causing chaos with the traffic."

The warehouses used to be owned by Unigate which was taken over by Dairycrest in 2002.

A spokeswoman for Dairycrest said she did not know who bought the warehouses.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known.

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