Firefighters tackle industrial inferno

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London fire crews battled a blaze that occurred at an industrial unit located on Acton Lane in Park Royal in late May.

According to a statement by the London Fire Brigade, about 125 firefighters and 15 fire engines were called to fight the industrial fire that saw thick clouds of black smoke billowing into the sky. The brigade responded to the fire at 3:00 pm on Friday, May 29, with only six appliances initially but called for reinforcements due to the scale of the blaze. Additional crews from London fire stations in Paddington, Park Royal, Wembley, Willesden and North Kensington then joined the scene to help extinguish the fire.

Further reports issued by the fire services stated the incident involved an industrial unit acting as a sales room for kitchen furnishing and that the brigade was:

“…working hard in hot conditions to bring the fire at an industrial unit under control.”

Owners of industrial premises like warehouses and factories are require by law to conduct a fire risk assessment, which may include installing smoke detectors and fire alarms. Businesses booking a fire or smoke alarm fitter in Chester, London and other UK cities should only use a certified electrician to complete the work to ensure equipment is operating effectively, and installed to British safety standards.

Fire officers urged locals to keep doors and windows closed until the thick smoke had dissipated and warned them to stay back from the area entirely. The cause of the industrial fire has yet to be determined.

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