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"THE RESCUE" - 1855

"THE RESCUE" - 1855

August 24, 2012



During the 2012 Olympics, a smoke column from a 40-pump fire at a recycling plant in London's Dagenham district was visible several miles away - at the Olympic Park.

“We’ve not seen a fire of this size in London for several years," London Fire Commissioner Roy Dobson told the BBC.

"It’s certainly a dramatic end to the Olympics for the London Fire Brigade," Dobson said.

The blaze broke out on Aug. 12, 2012 and fire crews remained on the scene for an extended period.

Fire cover at the Olympic wasn't affected, the Evening Standard reported.

That wasn't the only notable fire related to the Olympics.

On Aug. 8, an outdoor barbecue fueled by gas cylinders exploded into flames at a venue for New Zealand fans.

Three hundred people were evacuated from Kiwi House in central London, according to the fire brigade.

Richard Welch, station manager at the Poplar fire station, told the Press Association: "People in the vicinity reported hearing an explosion."