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Roads closed after fire near Blackwall Tunnel

A fire in a scrapyard near the Blackwall Tunnel has caused traffic problems in the east London area.

About 30 firefighters have been tackling the blaze in St Leonard's Walk in Bow since 0200 GMT.

Thick smoke from the scrapyard, which has about 100 tonnes of cars and tyres, has closed one lane of the Blackwall Tunnel Approach in Bow and other roads, causing major traffic queues.

The fire is now under control but the smoke is still casing problems.

A spokeswoman for the London Fire Brigade said 80% of the scrapyard was damaged and 20% of an industrial building was destroyed.

A 25kg propane cylinder also had to be removed.

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