70 firefighters battle blaze at Charlton Sainsbury’s depot

People living near the Sainsbury’s depot in Lombard Wall, Charlton, were told to close their doors and windows after a fire sent smoke billowing across the area.

The fire followed explosions that were heard across the area, and the resulting smoke could reportedly be seen as far away as Twickenham.

At its peak, London Fire Brigade said 70 firefighters were battling the blaze, has set part of the warehouse and six lorries alight.

The Charlton Champion‘s Matt Clinch at the scene reports that the fire is thought to have started on a truck in the loading bay, and that everyone in the depot has been accounted for.

Bugsby’s Way remains closed with traffic diverted down Gallions Road, past the supermarket giant’s as-yet-unopened new store. Buses are being delayed by 20 minutes, Transport for London reports.

From London Fire Brigade:

Station Manager Bruce Grain who is at the scene, said: “The fire is affecting six lorries and part of the warehouse which measures 150m by 70m. Local road closures are in place and motorists are advised to avoid the area.”

The fire is not causing any impact on flights to and from nearby London City Airport.

The Brigade was called at 1608. Crews from Greenwich, East Greenwich, New Cross, Deptford, Plumstead, Lee Green, Poplar and Shadwell fire stations are at the scene. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.