Fire at recycling centre in Mortlake

Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called to a fire at Townmead Road in Mortlake on Sunday 20 June 2021.

Firefighters tackled the fire well into the night, where around 100 tonnes of household waste inside a open fronted warehouse was ablaze. Firefighters advised residents in the area to keep their windows closed due to the smoke. There were no reports of any injuries.

Residents in Chiswick posted on social media about the fire, with Deesh Mariwala from Duke’s Meadow saying that smoke was “billowing on well past midnight. Theres still a smell in the air.”

Richmond Council Tweeted: ‘Due to a major fire last night @CentreTownmead will be closed until further notice. If you have a booking you will be contacted about rescheduling. Thanks to @LondonFire for their quick response. #TownmeadRoad @LBRuT_Help

Image above: Firefighters at the scene, firefights after managing to control the fire

The London Fire Brigade’s control office took 17 calls about the fire. The Brigade was called at 8.43pm and the fire was under control by 11.24pm. Fire crews from Richmond, Heston, Chiswick, Hammersmith. Wandsworth and other surrounding fire stations attended the scene.

Firefighters remained at the scene throughout the night to dampen down the area. The fire is believed to have been accidental, but the exact cause has been recorded as undetermined.

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