Massive London blaze doused

2012-08-12 22:49

London - A massive blaze at a waste recycling centre near the Olympic Park in London - described as the biggest in the city in several years - was brought under control by firemen late on Sunday, a spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade said.

He said more than 200 firefighters and 40 fire engines were sent to the centre in Dagenham, 12km from the Olympic site in east London.

"The fire is under control. We are going to be there through the night, damping down," said the spokesperson.

"We've not seen a fire of this size in London for several years. It's certainly a dramatic end to the Olympics for the London Fire Brigade," he added.

A spokesperson for Olympic organizers Locog said there was no indication that the closing ceremony planned for later on Sunday would be affected.

"Everything is going on as planned," said a spokesperson.

  • syd.harling - 2012-08-13 08:13

    Oh how sensationalist! 12 Km away from the Olympic venue is far enough for the fire to have had no effect on the closing ceremony. Typical of news 24 to hang its hat on the Olympics even though there was no link to it nor was the fire actually close. It is like saying a fire in Roodepoort was near to Hillbrow!

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