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West Drayton industrial fire investigated

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Investigations have begun to establish the cause of a large fire at an industrial estate in west London.

Up to 100 firefighters spent almost 12 hours tackling the blaze at the Rainbow Industrial Estate in Trout Road, West Drayton, on Saturday.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said part of a warehouse, which contained industrial units, was damaged in the fire.

About 30 employees from the site and 40 people from nearby homes were moved to safety while a gas cylinder was cooled.

LFB said it was called at 1121 GMT and the fire was brought under control at 2224.

Station Manager Matthew Burrows said: "Our crews worked hard throughout the day to get this large fire under control.

"We had to tackle the blaze from three different sides to prevent it from spreading to other units.

"A number of nearby residential properties had to be evacuated as a precaution as a gas cylinder was involved in the fire."

A spokeswoman from Hillingdon Council said the residents were allowed to return home on Saturday night.

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