Greenwich chemical plant fire update: Pictures and video from scene of factory blaze

14:56 28 May 2012

Greenwich chemical plant fire. Photo by Nick Scrim

Greenwich chemical plant fire. Photo by Nick Scrim

Nick Scrim

Around 15 firefighters remain at the scene of Chemical plant blaze in Greenwich, south-east London, which sent plumes of smelly smoke into the sky.

Video above by Jon Henwood

The fire broke out in the early hours of the morning at a processing plant in Peterboat Close.

At the height of the incident, 12 fire engines and around 60 firefighters tackled the blaze.

A range of industrial units which contained chemicals were damaged by the fire, which was under control by 6.50am.

See a gallery of submitted pictures from the Greenwich chemical plant fire

A loud siren sounded to alert people about the fire due to the chemicals contained within the buildings.

Due to the heavy smoke, London Fire Brigade received a number of calls from people across south-east London.

The brigade sought scientific advice on the smoke and was informed it was not harmful.

Assistant commissioner Dany Cotton said: "Our firefighters worked extremely hard to contain the fire, which damaged around half of a big industrial unit."

The brigade’s fire investigators are now on the scene to establish how the blaze started.

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