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Over 70 firefighters called to dramatic blaze at East London car dealership

  • Huge fire breaks out at East London car dealership
  • Ten crews and 70 firefighters were called to the scene in Rainham yesterday
  • Blaze causes road closures and delays as thick black smoke seen billowing from industrial estate

Time 8:37 am, March 21, 2022

More than 70 firefighters were called to a car dealership in East London yesterday after a huge blaze broke out that forced road closures and delays throughout the area.

Thick black smoke was seen billowing from an industrial estate in Rainham on Sunday morning with emergency services rushing to the scene.

The estate, on New Road, is home to several dealerships with the fire breaking out at a scrapyard and car showroom with around 15 vehicles.


Crews from Dagenham, Hornchurch, Wennington, Erith, Stratford, Harold Hill and Plaistow all attended the scene with officers from Essex and Kent also assisting.

They spent several hours at the dealership and remained there for several hours, even after bringing the fire under control at around 12:30pm.

As part of their work, they were forced to close parts of the A1306 and A13, causing huge tailbacks throughout the area.

A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade said: ‘Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called to a blaze at a car showroom and workshop on New Road in Rainham.


‘The fire was in a scrapyard and damaged a number of motor vehicles. There were a number of gas cylinders also involved. The cylinders were removed as some can explode when exposed to heat.

‘The fire produced a lot of thick black smoke into the sky. We asked local residents to close their doors and windows.

‘The Brigade was called at 1019 and the fire was under control by 1232.

‘Fire crews from Dagenham, Hornchurch, Wennington, Erith, Stratford, Harold Hill and Plaistow fire stations were at the scene.

‘Firefighters from Essex and Kent also assisted us at the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation.’

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Jack joined the Car Dealer team in 2021 as a staff writer. He previously worked as a national newspaper journalist for BNPS Press Agency. He has provided news and motoring stories for a number of national publications including The Sun, The Times and The Daily Mirror.

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