Hackney fire: Thick black smoke billows over Olympic stadium as blaze breaks out in east London

Thick black smoke billowinginto the sky could be seen for miles as dozens of fire fighters tackled a huge fire at a warehouse in east London.

Six fire engines and 58 firefighters were at the scene in Hackney on Easter Sunday - standard.co.uk

Dramatic images posted on social media showed huge plumes of thick smoke billow into the sky above the Olympic park.

Footage showed flames burst from the building.

Ray Roberts wrote on Twitter: “There’s a fire in East London. The area around my house smells of burnt rubber. Be safe.”

London Fire Brigade said crews were called tothe blaze at a disused warehousein Wick Lane around 7.30pm on Sunday.

A spokeswoman said 27 999 calls were received reporting the fire and plumes of smoke could be seen "from miles around".

The first and second floors of the building were damaged by fire, she said.

She added:"The incident was under control by 9.40pm. Fire crews from Homerton, Bethnal Green, Leyton, Stratford, Poplar, Stoke Newington and Ilford fire stations were at the scene.

"The cause of the fire is under investigation."

No one is believed to have been injured.

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