Charlton warehouse save

Charlton warehouse fire: 18th May 2015

Ten fire engines and over 70 firefighters and officers were called to a fire in a large distribution warehouse on Lombard Wall in Charlton this afternoon. The building is a largely un-compartmented structure of 1 and 2 floors measuring 240 by 100 meters, standing 20 meters high with a structure is of steel frame construction, clad in sandwich panels.

The fire, which started external to the building, damaged six lorries and the exterior part of the warehouse while four people were assessed on the scene for smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service. The distribution centre was fitted with a sprinkler system which activated and this also helped reduce the impact of the blaze on the main building.”

At its height, the fire produced plumes of smoke which could be seen for miles around. Businesses and residents in the area were advised to keep doors and windows closed as a precaution and local road closures were put in place. London City Airport tweeted during the incident to confirm that the blaze was not impacting on flights.

Station Manager Bruce Grain who was at the scene said: "During its early stages this was a very intense fire. Crews wearing breathing apparatus attacked it extremely quickly and thanks to their efforts the fire was prevented from spreading any further into the warehouse and causing even more damage.

The Brigade was called at 1608 and the fire was under control by 1829. Crews from Greenwich, East Greenwich, New Cross, Deptford, Plumstead, Lea Green, Poplar and Shadwell fire stations attended the incident. Crews will remain at the scene for some time to damp down the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but is believed to have started in one of the parked vehicles.

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