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Neighbours next to workshop blaze evacuated over gas cylinder explosion fear

Neighbours next to workshop blaze had to be evacuated amid gas cylinder explosion fears, the London Fire Brigade say.

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Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers dealt with a fire at a car repair workshop on Colchester Avenue in Manor Park last night.

This was a difficult fire involving gas cylinders.

Fire crews took quick effective action to contain the fire to the car repair workshops and thankfully stopped it spreading to nearby homes.

The workshop was totally damaged by fire.

– Station Manager, John Fahey who was at the scene

Gas cylinders were involved in the fire and a temporary hazard zone was set up around the affected area as a precaution, as some cylinders can explode when exposed to heat.

Around thirty people in nearby properties self evacuated their properties before the Brigade arrived.

Once fire crews made the area safe residents were allowed to return to their homes.

Fortunately no one was injured.

Firefighters from Ilford, East Ham, Stratford, Plaistow and Leyton fire stations attended the incident.

The Brigade was called at 10.45pm and the incident was under control by 4am

The cause of the fire is under investigation.