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VIDEO: Flames from Dagenham scrap metal blaze seen in North Kent
A MASSIVE blaze at a Dagenham scrap metal yard could be seen across the river Thames in north Kent.
Twenty fire engines and a fire boat were sent to the blaze despite a planned strike.
The fire which started at 3.20pm on Friday was finally brought under control after 14 hours.
Around 1,500 tonnes of scrap metal was destroyed in the incident which saw flames so huge they could be seen in Bexley and Dartford.
DartfordiansCC tweeted a picture and added: "Big fire near Thames water incinerator."
A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: "A recall notice was issued to crews due to the scale and seriousness of the Dagenham fire, which was ongoing as the strike started.
"The Fire Brigade Union immediately advised firefighters they did not agree that the protocol could be invoked and to ignore it.
"During that period, four fire engines with contingency crews tackled the blaze."
A video of the fire, taken by Dan Eycott, can be seen below.
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