Staples Corner fire: Firefighters tackle paint factory blaze

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Media captionThe Staples Corner fire completely destroyed a paint factory

Almost 100 firefighters tackled a major blaze at a paint factory in north London.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing explosions from the factory in Waterloo Road, Staples Corner.

London Fire Brigade said 15 fire engines were sent to the scene, near the North Circular Road, and the entire building was destroyed.

It said workers safely left the factory before crews arrived and the cause of the fire was being investigated.

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Fire crews were called at 21:20 GMT on January 8 and the blaze was under control by 00:22.

Smoke and flames could be seen for miles around and people were urged to avoid the area and those living nearby to keep doors and windows shut.

The fire service said its control room had taken 45 emergency calls about the blaze.

The brigade said: “Firefighters worked tirelessly to stop the fire spreading. They will be at the scene throughout the night damping down pockets of fire.”

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