Fire in east London, Olympics closing ceremony unaffected

A massive fire broke out at a recycling plant in east London with firefighters saying it was the biggest the city has seen in several years.

London: A massive fire broke out at a recycling plant in east London on Sunday with firefighters saying it was the biggest the city has seen in several years.

Britain fire officials said the Olympics closing ceremony tonight will not be affected by what was being described as a biggest fire incident in recent years.

More than 200 firefighters were tackling the blaze in a single-storey building in Dagenham, an industrial, riverside area at the very edge of the capital.

Smoke was visible for miles, but there were no reports of injuries.

The Fire Brigade said fire cover at Olympic venues had not been affected.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "We`ve not seen a fire of this size in London for several years, it`s certainly a dramatic end to the Olympics for the London Fire Brigade."

"That said though, we are still able to attend incidents across the capital and the fire cover we`re providing at the Olympic venues has not been affected," he added.

PTI