Firefighters tackle London’s biggest blaze in years

Firefighters tackle London’s biggest blaze in years

What has been described as the biggest blaze in London for years is now under control after more than 200 firefighters spent hours extinguishing the flames on the final day of the 2012 Olympics.

Crews were called to Hunts Waste recycling centre on Chequers Lane in Dagenham, just eight miles from the Olympic Park at around 1.15pm on Sunday August 12th.

At the height of the inferno the entire single storey building was ablaze and around 40 fire engines were in attendance.

London fire commissioner Ron Dobson said: “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.”

However, he insisted that the incident did not adversely affect the fire cover being provided at the Games venues, nor did it impact on the brigade’s ability to attend other incidents in London.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, although an investigation will now be launched.

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 a ‘suitable and sufficient’ fire risk assessment must be conducted on all commercial properties in England and Wales.

If the assessment is found to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or a prison sentence of up to two years.

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