UK oil depot fire "biggest in fifty years"

Blaze spreads black cloud over London; environment agency warns of water pollution risk

A huge fire that started at a UK fuel storage facility on Sunday morning has been described by police as the largest such incident in Europe since 1944. The fire sent a cloud of black smoke over large parts of south-east England including London. The first explosions were reportedly felt as far away as the Netherlands. Because of the intense heat, firefighters only began to tackle the blaze on Monday, spreading 32,000 litres per minute of water and foam. England's environment agency warned of severe water pollution risks. See police press release, Environment agency statement and air pollution assessment.

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