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Fire breaks out at Park Royal industrial unit

Park Royal warehouse fire Image copyright London Fire Brigade
Image caption London Fire Brigade said firefighters were still at the scene "damping down" hotspots

Fire crews tackling a serious blaze at a warehouse in north-west London have brought the fire under control.

More than 100 firefighters were sent to an industrial unit on Western Road in Park Royal after the fire broke out overnight.

London Fire Brigade said crews were still at the scene "damping down" hotspots.

The brigade was called at 00:29 BST on Thursday. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

At its height, the ground and first floor of the warehouse were alight and a large section of the roof was also on fire.

'Zero visibility'

Station manager Bill Dunn, who was at the scene, said: "Throughout the night, crews have been working very hard to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading using ground monitors and four aerial appliances on all sides of the building.

"The fire is now under control, but firefighters will remain at the scene for most of the morning damping down remaining hot spots."

He advised residents to keep their windows closed for the immediate future due to the smoke in the area.

An eyewitness who lives near the scene of the blaze said visibility was down to zero.

"I was woken up by the smoke. My windows were open. I could hear sirens," he said.

"It looked completely foggy outside."

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Image caption The blaze engulfed the building on the industrial unit
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Image caption London Fire Brigade said the fire was likely to cause disruption during the morning rush-hour

The area, close to a petrol station, had been cordoned off and Park Royal closed.

Fifteen fire engines went to the scene from Willesden, Acton, Park Royal, Wembley, Chiswick, Hammersmith, Paddington, and Northolt.

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Image caption People have been asked to shut their windows and doors due to the smoke
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Image caption Flames could be seen from the roof of the warehouse
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Image caption Firefighters were called to Western Road at 00:29 BST

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