Plumes of smoke were seen drifting across west London after a huge fire broke out at a garden centre near Heathrow.
Around 100 firefighters concerned about exploding gas cylinders and fireworks tackled a blaze at a garden centre on Holloway Lane in West Drayton on Sunday (November 20) evening, London Fire Brigade (LFB) setting up a 300 metre cordon around the property.
The brigade was called shortly after 4.33pm. On arrival they found most of the two-storey building alight and around 20 people who had left the centre before their arrival.
Thick smoke was seen billowing into the sky by members of the public, and emergency services received around 20 999 calls.
A spokesman for Heathrow Airport said flights had not been affected by the smoke, which was visible from several miles away.
Fire crews, from Heathrow, Hayes, Hillingdon, Feltham and Southall, were only able to bring the flames under control at 9.30pm.
Station Manager Sanjay Prasad who was at the scene said: “Firefighters worked very hard in difficult conditions to bring this incident under control. A number of cylinders were in the garden centre which is why a 300 metre hazard zone was set up as cylinders can explode when exposed to heat.
“Quick thinking firefighters were able to drag the majority of the cylinders away from the fire which prevented a possible explosion. Then firefighters used covering jets to cool the remaining cylinders down.
“Fireworks were also being stored at the garden centre but again, firefighters hosed the storage area down to ensure they did not can catch alight.”
But he said there was significant damage to the business: “Most of the garden centre building has been damaged by the fire but crews were able to contain it and prevent any further spread. Thankfully nobody has been injured in this fire.”
Crews used two aerial ladder platforms to help put out the flames.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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