Firefighters tackle huge blaze at Hunts Waste Recycling in London


A fire at a recycling facility in London has been brought under control.

The blaze at Hunts Waste Recycling, on Chequers Lane in Dagenham, has been described as one of the largest fires in the capital for years.


At the height of the incident, forty fire engines and more than 200 firefighters were at the scene and a large plume of smoke could be seen across London.

The whole of a singe storey recycling building, which is the size of a football pitch, caught fire.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “We’ve not seen a fire of this size on London for several years and it’s certainly a dramatic end to the Olympics for the London Fire Brigade.

“Fire crews will remain at the scene for as long as necessary and a through investigation will begin once the fire is out to establish how it started.”

London Fire Brigade was called to the incident at 1:15pm on Sunday, and the fire was declared under control by 5:30pm.