Fire crews tackle White Hart Lane blaze

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'I've just lost everything I've worked so hard to build'

A fire has destroyed large parts of an industrial estate in north London.

Twenty fire engines and 140 firefighters tackled the blaze at White Hart Lane in Tottenham overnight, London Fire Brigade said.

Several business, including a large self storage unit, are believed to have been destroyed. One person was taken to hospital with burns to the hand.

The fire is under control but fire crews are expected to remain at the scene until Wednesday.

London Fire Brigade said: "Crews worked tirelessly through the night to bring the fire under control.

"Though the fire is now surrounded this will be a protracted incident and crews are expected to remain on scene for a considerable time dealing with deep seated pockets of fire."

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The fire has engulfed a warehouse and has "produced a lot of smoke"

Approximately 75% of a single storey warehouse were damaged by the fire, the London Fire Brigade said.

Safehouse Self-Storage confirmed most of its warehouse, where customers and businesses store goods, was destroyed by the fire.

In a statement the company said it would contact customers once its representatives had been allowed on site to assess the damage.

More than £80,000 worth of stock has been destroyed in a mobile phone wholesalers on the estate, its business manager Saad Sid said.

Mr Sid, of SID Bargain Ltd, told the BBC: "I've just lost everything I've worked so hard to build".

At the scene: Sarah Fowler, BBC News

It's been hours since the fire began and it's continuing to rage through the White Hart Lane industrial park, engulfing buildings - each belonging to local businesses - one by one.

One firefighter I spoke to said he expected it to take a day and a half for the blaze to completely burn out.

Nearby streets initially filled with anxious local residents and people trying to take photos of the flames, some of which were licking the skies 20m to 30m above the buildings.

They were told to leave as they were blocking key evacuation routes for residents. Luckily so far, these have not been needed.

One Twitter user described a "crazy" fire while another reported a helicopter flying over the White Hart Lane recreational ground.

Firefighters from Tottenham, Hornsey, Edmonton and surrounding fire stations are attending.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

Image source, @LondonFire
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Safehouse Self-Storage was one of the properties damaged in the fire
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Twenty fire engines and 140 firefighters were needed to tackle the fire at its peak

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