London fire crews tackle Brentwood cooking oil fire

12:21 20 November 2012

The scene of the blaze in Little Warley (photo: Essex Fire and Rescue)

The scene of the blaze in Little Warley (photo: Essex Fire and Rescue)

Graham S Dean Photography

Firefighters from London were among those battling a large cooking oil blaze at a yard in Little Warley, near Brentwood in Essex this morning.

Firefighters battled to put out the blaze (photo: Essex Fire and Rescue)Firefighters battled to put out the blaze (photo: Essex Fire and Rescue)

Essex Fire Brigade said 160,000 litres of cooking oil, 30,000 litres of diesel and 30,000 tonnes of paper had been alight at a storage yard in Little Warley Hall Lane.

About 65 firefighters from a total of 15 crews were at the scene, including two Romford crews and one each from Hornchurch and Harold Hill in Essex

The blaze was reported at 5.15am and crews took about six hours to put it out.

Electricity and water boards and the Environment Agency were also at the scene.

The fire raged for much of the morning (photo: Essex Fire and Rescue)The fire raged for much of the morning (photo: Essex Fire and Rescue)

Incident commander Divisional Officer Mark Samuels said: “This is a recycling yard that recycles various types of used oils, hence the intensity of the fire.”

Police and fire services are carrying out an investigation into the cause of the inferno.

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