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Firefighters tackle large blaze at warehouse in London

Almost 100 firefighters have tackled a large blaze at a warehouse in London.

London Fire Brigade has advised people living nearby to close doors and windows. Credit: London Ambulance HART

London Fire Brigade said 15 fire engines and around 97 firefighters were dealing with the blaze at the industrial area at Yarnton Way in Erith.

The service said the blaze can be "seen from miles away" and advised residents to close doors and windows due to the smoke.

Fire Brigade received five times more calls than normal

London Fire Brigade have revealed they received five times the normal number of emergency 999 calls last night as high winds and heavy rain caused widespread disruption in the capital.

Areas such as Bromley, Orpington, Beckenham and Sidcup were the worst-hit areas of London, although there were no reports of any injuries.

London Fire Brigade received five times the normal number of emergency 999 calls last night. Credit: PA Wire

“It has been an extremely busy night for our firefighters and 999 control staff. Between 8pm on Monday evening and 7am on Christmas Eve, London Fire Brigade received 853 calls," a London Fire Brigade spokesperson said.

"This compares with 159 calls for the same period 24 hours earlier – that’s around five times busier than normal.

“Crews have been working incredibly hard throughout the night, mainly attending flooding incidents and fallen trees, as well as being called to structures such as windows, roof tiles and signs which have been left in a precarious position by the high winds."

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Fire brigade issues firework display warning over strike

A fire brigade has urged people to cancel their own plans for firework displays on Friday and attend an organised event instead because of planned strike action

Members of the Fire Brigades Union in England and Wales will walk out from 6.30pm to 11pm in a long-running dispute with the Government over pensions.

A fire brigade has urged people to cancel their own plans for firework displays due to planned strike action. Credit: Stephen Rafferty/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

A second strike will be held for two hours from 6am on Monday 4 November, the day before Bonfire Night.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "Serious emergencies will be attended, but smaller incidents won't so we are calling on the public not to put themselves at risk by lighting fireworks and bonfires."

Elderly woman hospitalised after gas explosion

London Fire Brigade reports that an elderly woman is in hospital after a gas explosion caused three buildings to collapse and damaged a further two in Hounslow, south-west London.

Three houses have collapsed and two others have been damaged following a gas explosion on Bath Road in Hounslow. Three people escaped from the properties before firefighters arrived and an elderly woman has been taken to hospital by London Ambulance.

Urban search and rescue crews are working to make the structure safe and ensure any fires are put out. Twelve people were evacuated from surrounding properties as a precaution. Crews have rescued a dog from one of the houses.

Six fire engines are at the scene with a number of specialist vehicles.

– london fire brigade

More than 30 firefighters at scene of gas explosion

London Fire Brigade has six engines and more than 30 firefighters at the scene of a gas explosion in Hounslow, south-west London.

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Firefighters: Crane in 'precarious position' in London

The London Fire Brigade says its firefighters are responding to a range of storm-related incidents including a crane is a "precarious position" in central London.

'Fifty Shades' effect sees handcuff accidents soar

The Fifty Shades of Grey effect could be to blame for an increasing number of handcuff-related emergency call-outs over the past three years, London Fire Brigade said today.

London Fire Brigade has seen an increase in the number of handcuff-related incidents. Credit: PA

Firefighters have been called out to 79 incidents of people being trapped in handcuffs during that period and the brigade advised people to "keep the keys handy."

Third officer Dave Brown, said: "Some of the incidents our firefighters are called out to could be prevented with a little common sense. I don't know whether it's the Fifty Shades effect, but the number of incidents involving items like handcuffs seems to have gone up."

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