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140 firefighters and 25 engines tackle huge fire in north London

11:20, Tuesday, 19 September, 2017
140 firefighters and 25 engines tackle huge fire in north London

More than 100 firefighters were tackling a huge fire at a warehouse in north London on Monday night.

A total of 25 fire engines were sent to the “absolutely terrifying” blaze in White Hart Lane in Tottenham, with at least 140 firefighters involved at the scene.

One person has been taken to hospital with burns, the London ambulance service has confirmed.Sam Kazmanli, station manager for the London fire brigade said: “This is a large fire, cylinders are involved so a hazard zone has been set as cylinders can explode when exposed to heat.

“There is a lot of smoke in the air. As a precaution, local residents are advised to keep their windows and doors closed.”

A London fire brigade spokeswoman added that half of a single storey warehouse and storage units were alight.She said: “The brigade was called at [8.17pm] and is still at the scene. Firefighters from Tottenham, Hornsey, Edmonton and the surrounding fire stations are at the scene. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.”The firefighters on scene would probably be working throughout the night, she added.

A spokesman for the London ambulance service said: “We were called just before 8pm. We sent two ambulance crews, an officer and members of our hazardous area response team to the scene. One patient has been treated and taken to hospital with burns to the hand and we remain on standby at the scene.”

The injuries were not thought to be serious, he added.

The blaze was about a mile away from Premier League football team Tottenham Hotspur’s former ground, which is called White Hart Lane despite its location on Tottenham High Road. The club is due to move into a new stadium on the same site next year.Dramatic images shared on social media showed the size of the blaze and video footage showed smoke billowing into the sky.

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