Huge Plume of Smoke from Southall Garage Fire

70 firefighters tackle blaze on Tachbrook Road

The smoke could be seen from across west London. Picture: Instagram:  @UB1UB2


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A massive plume of smoke was visible across west London this Tuesday lunchtime (5 April) after a fire broke out in a garage in Southall.

The blaze appears to have started in a single-storey commercial garage in Tachbrook Road then spread to an adjoining storage area setting several cars alight. A container of oil also caught fire.

Around 30 people were evacuated from neighbouring properties but there are currently no reports of any injuries.

Three cylinders were removed from the building before the Brigade arrived at around 11.45 am and firefighters cooled them as some cylinders can explode when exposed to heat. A 25-metre cordon was in place as a precaution.

In all ten fire engines and 70 firefighters were dispatched after the Brigade received over 40 calls. They managed to get the incident under control by 1.50pm although firefighters remain on the scene damping down the area.


Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters tackled a fire at a garage on Tachbrook Road in Southall. Fire crews from Southall, Hayes, Feltham, Heathrow and surrounding fire stations attended.

Firefighters on the scene damping down the area
Firefighters on the scene damping down the area

Station Commander Graeme Hunter, who was at the scene, said, "The fire produced heavy smoke, which was visible for miles. We urged residents in the area to close their windows and doors.

"There is some disruption to traffic, so we encourage people to avoid the area whilst crews continue to work to make the scene safe."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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April 5, 2022

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