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Fire Crews Battle Huge Blaze In London
Some 200 firefighters have tackled a fire in Dagenham described by the London Fire Commissioner as the city's largest in years.
Forty fire engines were called to the blaze, which broke out about 1:15pm at a recycling centre on Chequers Lane in Dagenham, about eight miles from the Olympic Park.
Just before 6pm, the blaze was under control, but firefighters were staying through the night to monitor it.
At the height of the incident, a plume of smoke could be seen right across London.
The London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "We've not seen a fire of this size in London for several years, it's certainly a dramatic end to the Olympics for the London Fire Brigade.
"That said though, we are still able to attend incidents across the capital and the fire cover we're providing at the Olympic venues has not been affected."
Mr Dobson said there had been no reports of any injuries caused by the blaze.
"I would like to reassure people that we are still able to attend incidents across the capital and the fire cover we're providing at the Olympic venues has not been affected," Mr Dobson said.
"At this stage we aren't sure how the blaze started as our focus is getting the flames under control. Fire crews will remain at the scene for as long as necessary and a thorough investigation will begin once the fire is out in order to establish how it started."
A spokesman for Locog said there was no indication that the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium would be affected by the fire.
"Everything is going on as planned," he added.