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Exclusion zone remains around Heathrow cargo fire site

Heathrow fire
Image caption Firefighters are cooling down propane cylinders at the warehouse

About 50 firefighters remain at a west London warehouse at Heathrow Airport tackling the remnants of a blaze.

It is believed the incident began on Friday afternoon after a forklift truck caught fire at the Servisair Warehouse.

A five metre exclusion zone is in place around Stansted Road and people heading to the airport were warned to expect severe disruptions.

Firefighters are trying to cool down propane cylinders and structural engineers are also at the scene.

Flight schedules were unaffected as the airfield remained open.

No injuries

Fire station manager Seth Why said: "We just have a few hot spots remaining which the crew are currently putting out.

"We are going to be working with the owners of the warehouse to leave the building in as safe a condition as possible for them to see the damage."

Police have set up cordons at Stirling Road junction with the Southern Perimeter Road, Sealand Road junction with the Southern Perimeter Road, Beacon roundabout and the south-west access to the Western Perimeter Road.

More than 200 people were evacuated from the area following the fire but no-one was injured.

Witnesses also reported a small number of explosions, possibly from some gas cylinders at the site.

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