Rainham fire: Firefighters tackling three-hectare grass blaze - second fire in Lambs Lane in last 24 hours
This is the second fire to break out in Rainham - near the Launders Lane landfill site - within 24 hours.
A three-hectare grass fire has broken out in Rainham - the second on the same site within 24 hours.
Around 70 firefighters are tackling the blaze which broke in the latest heatwave, which is currently the largest grass fire in London.
The London Fire Brigade said three hectares of grass had caught alight off Lambs Lane North, which is the same location as a fire yesterday.
Smoke could be seen filling the sky once again.
Ten fire engines were called at 4.30pm, and are still at the scene.
Fire crews from Harold Hill, East Ham, Dagenham, Hornchurch, Barking, Ilford, Plaistow, Poplar, Stratford and Bexley fire stations are in attendance.
The cause of the fire is not known at this stage, the LFB said.
The Met said the Lambs Lane North junctions with the A1306 and Upminster Road North are closed due to visibility issues from thick smoke.
Scotland Yard added that there appears to be no risk to nearby properties.
The road is near a landfill in Launders Lane, which residents have complained has caused blazes in the past.
Rainham local Maria Lang said: “It’s an ongoing issue affecting lots of people.
“I have a young girl with respiratory issues who can’t be around toxic fumes and smoke.
“Earlier, I had to take all children in from garden as thick ash and smoke covering our garden and thus all windows and doors closed.
“This is how we have to live and it’s getting very frustrating and worrying for everyone.”
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