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Investigation under way after industrial site fire

Smoke rises above a warehouse on the industrial site Credit: @LAS_HART/Twitter

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.

Emergency vehicles on the site of the fire Credit: @LAS_HART/Twitter

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.

Fire crews on site in Rainham Credit: @LondonFire/Twitter


Rainham residents warned to shut windows due to fire

School play 'inappropriate' after Jimmy Savile scandal

However, because it is an older play the matter of one of the characters, in light of what has happened recently, is inappropriate.

The whole idea was children would go to the character and he would fix their problems.

We have not had time yet to decide on a new play because it all blew up. We are trying to make it right as quickly as we can.

– Amanda Ireland, head teacher


Parents 'disgusted' over school's Jimmy Savile blunder

Speaking to the Evening Standard, one mother said:

My son came home from school with the script and said ‘Mummy, should I be singing about Jimmy Savile? I said ‘what?’.

I think it is completely disgusting - I do not want him to be a part of it.

The school bought the script from a production company which adapts plays for primary schools but not one of his teachers picked up on it.

School play axed over character based on Jimmy Savile

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!'.

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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."

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