Firefighters contain huge warehouse fire in west London
- 31 January 2012
- From the section London
Firefighters have contained a large blaze in a warehouse in west London, but small pockets are still burning.
At its height, London Fire Brigade (LFB) sent 15 appliances to the scene in Shepherds Bush and more than 75 firefighters.
The fire is under control and unstable gas cylinders made safe, LFB said.
Wood Lane remains partially closed after being shut shortly after the blaze started at 09:35 GMT.
About half of the large warehouse, measuring 557ft by 295ft (170m by 90m), has been destroyed in the fire.
A range of workshops and warehouses were damaged, as well as about 20 vehicles.
Station manager Rod Horton, said officers had found the "worst kind" of gas cylinders, containing acetylene, which remains unstable for some time once heated.
A spokeswoman later confirmed that the cylinders had been cooled down.
A further 40 cylinders of various types that were not involved in the fire were also removed to safety.
There are four fire engines at the scene and LFB said it expected to be there overnight.
More than 100 people were evacuated from the complex, according to a local petrol station worker.
There were no reports of any injuries.
Rashid Ansari, 23, a sales assistant at the Esso petrol station in Wood Lane, said earlier on Tuesday: "The fire took place around the back of the Unigate factory. A lot of people work there... they have closed the road and not a single person is allowed down here. There is lots of thick, dark smoke."
A Transport for London (TfL) spokeswoman said Wood Lane had reopened northbound, but southbound from the A40 it was still closed.
White City Tube station reopened at 19:30 GMT.
Eyewitness Guy Ramshaw said: "We were on the A40, driving up from Earl's Court when we saw the smoke.
"They had shut the Westway so there was no A40 going out of the city from Paddington. It was causing chaos with the traffic."
Earlier, people were evacuated from the nearby BBC White City complex, but a BBC spokeswoman said it was due to an "unrelated issue" and no BBC buildings were affected by the fire.
The warehouses used to be owned by Unigate, which was taken over by Dairycrest in 2002.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.