Fire Breaks Out At Warehouse Near London's Heathrow Airport

A huge fire has broken out in London, with reports of explosions and clouds of thick smoke spotted close to Heathrow Airport.

Around 40 firefighters from London Fire Brigade are currently tackling the blaze, which has caused no reported injuries, at a warehouse in West Drayton.

Witnesses claimed they heard loud explosions coming from the storage yard shortly after 2pm this afternoon.

Videos and photographs have been shared to social media. One bystander posted a short video with the caption: "God hope everyone is ok. This seems like a massive fire. We can here the explosion from a far."

A second person who lives close to the site that is currently ablaze, wrote: "Fire at a storage yard in West Drayton<span class="css-76zvg2 css-16my406 r-1qd0xha r-ad9z0x r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0" ">! My flat was shaking from the explosions!"

A third said: "H<span class="css-76zvg2 css-16my406 r-1qd0xha r-ad9z0x r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0" ">ope everyone around the West Drayton and close by surrounding areas are safe from the fire that's broken out, so so scary."

The clouds of thick smoke can be seen from miles around. Credit: Twitter/@JonEdgar_
The clouds of thick smoke can be seen from miles around. Credit: Twitter/@JonEdgar_

While another added: "Why have you got trains still running through West Drayton past this trackside fire with the sounds of things clearly exploding?"

Speaking to the Mirror, a 'scared' eye-witness said: "There were what looked like armed police in the street closing off the roads and getting everybody back - they all had all the proper gear on.

"There's smoke everywhere, it was properly scary."

A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade confirmed the news on their website, writing: "Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters have been called to a fire at a warehouse in Wimpole Road in West Drayton.

"A container storage yard is alight. The fire is very visible and is producing a lot of smoke.

"Residents and businesses in the area should keep their windows and doors shut.

"The Brigade's 999 control officers have taken 54 calls to the fire. Around 15 people left the yard before the arrival of the Brigade.

"There are no reports of any injuries. The Brigade was called at 2.16pm.

"Fire crews from Hillingdon, Heathrow, Feltham and other surrounding fire stations are at the scene."

A Met Police spokesman told the Mirror that officers are assisting with road closures.

Transport For London confirmed that some services had been affected by the fire. A spokesperson for the firm said on Twitter: "Great Western Railway : Services are disrupted via West Drayton due to a fire alert. TfLRail are currently accepting tickets for service between Heathrow and Paddington."

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@JonEdgar_

Dominic Smithers

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