100 firefighters scramble to 2-storey blaze as people urged to ‘stay indoors’

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100 firefighters and 15 fire engines are battling a massive fire in South Woodford, East London, which has engulfed a two-storey building.

Fire crews were deployed to the scene shortly before 10pm on Monday night after a flurry of 999 calls.

London Fire Brigade have confirmed that crews are tackling the blaze at an industrial dry cleaning unit on Raven Road, with emergency responders from Woodford, Leytonstone, Walthamstow, Chingford, Hainault and surrounding fire stations all at the scene.

They have also said that both the ground floor, first floor and roof of the building are all alight.

London Fire Brigade said in statement: "Fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters have been called to a fire at an industrial dry cleaning unit on Raven Road in South Woodford.

"Part of the ground and first floor of the two-storey building are alight.

"The Brigade's 999 Control Officers have taken 14 calls to the blaze.

"The Brigade was called at 2156."

Local residents are being asked to stay indoors due to "thick smoke" which is billowing from the fire.

Station Commander Paul Green, who is at the scene, said: "Firefighters are working hard to bring this significant blaze under control.

"Due to the nature of the business, there are a lot of materials including bed linen and towels inside which have caught alight.

"The fire is creating a lot of thick smoke so we would ask local residents to keep windows and doors closed."

The cause of the fire remains unknown at this stage.

Due to the size and severity of the blaze there have been several travel disruptions.

Green added: "There are a number of local road closures in place, including Chigwell Road which has been shut from Southend Road and Maybank Road."

According to traffic monitoring website Inrix, Chigwell Road is closed northbound from Southend Road to Maybank Road.

The eastbound exit slip from the A406 to Charlie Brown's Roundabout is also closed.

There are diversions in place for public transport, with bus routes 123 and W14 affected.

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