125 firefighters tackle major fire at luxury car dealership

Millions of pounds worth of damage caused during blaze which crews described as "difficult to tackle"

125 firefighters tackle major fire at luxury car dealership
Image: Twitter London Fire Brigade.

A major fire broke out at a luxury car dealership which sells Ferraris, Bentleys and Lamborghinis last weekend with more than 100 firefighters attending the scene at the height of the blaze.

The fire started at Imperials car dealers in East London at about 10pm on Saturday night, continuing into Sunday morning when it was brought under control at 7.20am.

125 firefighters from London Fire Brigade worked to put out the blaze which ripped through cars, tyres and an adjacent warehouse.

Crews moved 40 cars and a number of cylinders out of the dealership.

“Completely damaged”

Seven vehicles, the car show room and the warehouse were “completely damaged” by the fire, according to London Fire Brigade.

The damage caused by the blaze is expected to run into millions of pounds.

Graham Ellis, assistant commissioner from London Fire Brigade, said: “In the early stages of this fire, quick thinking firefighters were able to make the area safe enough for around 40 cars at the dealership to be driven out of harms way.

“This stopped them being an explosion risk but it also saved many thousands pounds worth of vehicle damage.

“They also removed a number of cylinders which can explode when exposed to heat.

““The fire spread to a pile of tyres which created a lot of thick black smoke and we advised local residents to avoid the area and keep windows and doors shut.

“The combination of cars, cylinders, petrol, tyres and a lot of thick smoke made this a very difficult fire to tackle.

“Crews did a good job from preventing the fire from spreading beyond the car dealership.”

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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