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London's 'largest fire in years' brought under control

A major fire that broke out at a recycling plant in Dagenham, East London has been brought under control by over 200 firefighters, according to the London Fire Brigade.

The fire broke out at 1.15pm on Sunday afternoon at a recycling plant on Chequers Lane in Dagenham and was brought under control at just before 5.30pm.

London Fire commissioner Ron Dobson said yesterday’s blaze was the “largest fire in years” in the capital. The fire caused a plume of smoke that could be seen across London.

“We’ve not seen a fire of this size in London for several years,” said London Fire commissioner Ron Dobson. “That said though, we were still able to attend incidents across the capital and the fire cover we provided at the Olympic venues was not affected.”

Dobson added that fire crews will remain at the seen “as long as necessary” and a “thorough investigation will begin soon” to establish the causes of the blaze.

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