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UPDATE: Cause of two-tonne Erith rubbish fire is under investigation as nearly 60 firefighters battle flames

PUBLISHED: 14:14 25 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:16 25 April 2017

Smoke rises from the fire on Manor Way, Erith. Photo: London Fire Brigade

Smoke rises from the fire on Manor Way, Erith. Photo: London Fire Brigade

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The fire started at around 9.50am

Nearly 60 firefighters had to put out a two tonne blaze of rubbish and derelict boats in Erith today (Tuesday).

Firefighters set up a hazard zone around the blaze in Manor Road, due to a number of gas cylinders being based nearby, after they were called to the scene at 9.48am.

London Fire Brigade warned of a “huge amount of smoke” in the area and advised residents to keep doors and windows closed.

Eight fire engines from Erith, Bexley, Plumstead and surrounding stations were called to the scene.

At 1.37pm LFB announced crews remained at the scene to “damp down pockets of fire” and by 2.34pm, the fire was under control.

The cause of the blaze remains unknown and is now under investigation.

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