Waltham Forest Echo

Waltham Forest Echo

Walthamstow car workshop destroyed in fire

Thankfully no one was hurt, although the fire damaged neighbouring flats

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Around 100 firefighters were called to the scene (credit: London Fire Brigade)
By Victoria Munro 06 December 2021

A Walthamstow car workshop has been gutted by a fire that took around 100 firefighters to bring under control.A Walthamstow car workshop has been gutted by a fire that took around 100 firefighters to bring under control.

The London Fire Brigade was called to the scene on Palmerston Road at 2pm and sent fifteen fire engines as the flames spread to neighbouring flats.The London Fire Brigade was called to the scene on Palmerston Road at 2pm and sent fifteen fire engines as the flames spread to neighbouring flats.

The single-storey workshop was entirely destroyed, although thankfully no one was harmed.The single-storey workshop was entirely destroyed, although thankfully no one was harmed.

The destroyed workshop after the fire was put out (credit: LFB)The destroyed workshop after the fire was put out (credit: LFB)

Borough Commander Richard Tapp, who was at the scene, said: "The whole of the workshop was alight, as well as equipment and car parts within the single storey building.Borough Commander Richard Tapp, who was at the scene, said: "The whole of the workshop was alight, as well as equipment and car parts within the single storey building.

"The blaze had spread to a house converted into flats next door and firefighters worked hard to bring the fire under control and prevent further fire spread."The blaze had spread to a house converted into flats next door and firefighters worked hard to bring the fire under control and prevent further fire spread.

"As the wind was quite strong it fanned the smoke so residents were advised to keep their doors and windows closed. The heavy smoke also prompted a high number of calls to our Control Officers.”"As the wind was quite strong it fanned the smoke so residents were advised to keep their doors and windows closed. The heavy smoke also prompted a high number of calls to our Control Officers.”

The fire was under control just under two hours later thanks to the hard work of crews from the borough and even neighbouring Redbridge and Hackney.The fire was under control just under two hours later thanks to the hard work of crews from the borough and even neighbouring Redbridge and Hackney.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, although those at the scene alleged it was triggered by a spark from someone welding.The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, although those at the scene alleged it was triggered by a spark from someone welding.