Fire sends large plumes of smoke across Heathrow and motorways

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Image caption The fire sent huge plumes of smoke across Heathrow airport

A fire in a storage unit near Heathrow sent large plumes of smoke across the west London airport.

About 35 firefighters tackled the blaze at The Common in West Drayton where a unit and a fork lift truck were damaged.

The London Fire Brigade received 13 separate 999 calls and people on social media posted images of the smoke across Heathrow, the M25 and M4 motorways.

It was brought under control in two hours.

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Image caption Smoke was seen by motorists on the M25 motorway
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Image caption Firefighters spent about two hours getting the fire under control

Station manager Tim Frost, who was at the scene, said: "The fire was in a storage unit and not at Heathrow airport.

"There is a lot of thick black smoke at the height of the incident but firefighters worked quickly to get it under control.

"Fire crews will remain at the scene damping down."

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