Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters and officers were called to a blaze at an industrial estate on Orwell Close in Rainham just after 9pm yesterday.
The fire badly damaged a range of single-storey industrial buildings, including units used for glass manufacturing. No one was injured.
A cordon was put in place because a number of gas cylinders were involved in the fire. Crews cooled them down as some cylinders can explode when exposed to heat.
Fire engines from Romford, Hornchurch, Dagenham, Ilford, Barking, East Ham, Wennington and Harold Hill fire stations were at the scene.
The fire was under control by 3.11am today. The cause is being investigated.
The head teacher at Scargill School in Rainham, Amanda Ireland, said she felt upset that the mistake had caused so much distress.
The school sent out a text message to all parents saying:
Speaking to the Evening Standard, one mother said:
A school in east London has recalled scripts for its end-of-year play after finding out that one of the characters was based on Jimmy Savile. The mistake at Scargill School in Rainham emerged when pupils took scripts home for 'Lights, Camera, Action!'.
One of the key characters in the musical was a caretaker called Jim Fixit. According the Evening Standard, the character reads letters from children, such as “Dear Jim, could you please find time to retrieve my sixteen footballs from the roof of the school hall.”
A song also included the lyrics, "He’s a real superhero, bet he’d look really good in tights."
Long delays on A13 into town between Ferry Lane (Rainham) and Renwick Road (Barking). Travel time is around 40 minutes.