London blaze causes explosion panic

31 Jan 2012

More than 100 people were reportedly evacuated from a London factory after a blaze broke out, prompting concerns that gas canisters inside the building would explode.

The fire, said to be at a dairy, was tackled by about 50 firefighters and 10 fire engines.

London Fire Brigade created a cordon in Wood Lane, Shepherd's Bush, west London, and voiced concerns over an explosion.

The fire - which happened in the morning - required attention from fire crews across the capital, and the nearby westbound A40 was shut by the Metropolitan Police.

A photo was posted by the fire brigade on social networking site Twitter. It showed a plume of thick, grey smoke, and read: "Photo of smoke from Wood Lane fire live from the scene."

The Unigate factory complex was evacuated, according to a petrol station worker in the area.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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