London scrap metal fire brought under control

An investigation has been launched following a large blaze at a scrap metal yard in East London yesterday (17 February).

Black smoke from the fire was visible for miles around (Credit: @TheUrbanHunter)

The London Fire Brigade was called to T&N Hill Waste Services Ltd on Ives Road in Canning Town shortly before 3pm.

Black smoke from the fire was visible for miles around (Credit: @TheUrbanHunter)

A total of 58 firefighters from crews at Plaistow, Poplar, Millwall, Shadwell and Whitechapel attended the scene, as well as eight fire engines.


The fire, which damaged a quantity of scrap metal and part of a shipping container, was brought under control just after 4.30pm, with firefighters remaining on site until 8.30pm to prevent flare-ups.

An estimated 60 people were evacuated from neighbouring properties as a precaution, according to the Fire Brigade which is now investigating the cause of the fire.

Commenting on the situation yesterday watch Manager Richard Tapp, who was at the scene said: “The smoke was very visible and could be seen from miles around. Firefighters worked hard to bring it under control and will be there throughout the evening damping down pockets of fire.”


T&N Hill Waste Services operates one of a number of scrap metal yards in Canning Town, handling non-ferrous and ferrous materials as well as offering a skip hire service.

When contacted by, the company confirmed that the site was open for business today.

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