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Police and London Fire Brigade investigate “severe” fire at Perivale industrial estate on Christmas Day

Police and London Fire Brigade continue to investigate a Christmas Day fire that took place at an industrial estate on Walmgate Road in Perivale which saw three firefighters taken to hospital.

The fire was visible for miles and 20 fire engines and 125 firefighters were called out to attend. Fire crews from Wembley, Northolt, Ealing, Park Royal and surrounding fire stations attended the incident.

According to the Brigade, a large number of single and two-storey warehouses were damaged by fire but there were no reports of any injuries to the public.

Assistant commissioner Paul McCourt who attended the incident said: “This was an aggressive, challenging, and incredibly complex fire located inside an industrial estate premises that contained a number of small businesses within the same building. Firefighters worked incredibly hard throughout Christmas Day to bring the fire under control and protect adjoining property and businesses.”

He added: “More than 125 firefighters attended the scene and the Brigade used 32m and 64m turntable ladders as water towers to put the fire out. Six firefighters were assessed for injuries and three were taken to hospital. I am pleased to confirm that they have all since been discharged. Crews remained on the scene through the night and on Boxing Day to fully extinguish the fire and will stay at the scene to dampen down remaining hotspots.

“The fire was severe, producing heavy smoke that was being carried by the wind onto nearby housing. Working with our blue light partners, the Brigade informed the local community to keep windows and doors closed and avoid travelling within the smoke affected area.”

The Brigade was initially called at 12:35pm on Christmas Day and the fire was under control by 7:52pm.  During the afternoon, the Brigrade revealed that 44 999 calls were taken concerning the blaze.

The fire is the second in less than a week in Perivale which saw 60 firefighters attend an early morning blaze on 22 December 2023.

The cause of the fire is still not known at this time.

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