A fire in a scrap metal recycling yard has been emitting thick black smoke forcing many locals to shut their windows.

Ten fire engines and 70 firefighters tackled a blaze that erupted in the yard on Thames Road in Silvertown, Newham at around 4.33am this morning.

Several tonnes of scrap metal were reportedly alight with large amounts of smoke travelling in neighbouring areas. No injuries have however been noted so far.

Newham Recorder: A scientific advisor is said to be at the scene monitoring air qualityA scientific advisor is said to be at the scene monitoring air quality (Image: London Fire Brigade)Station Commander Kevin Morgan, who was at the scene, said people who are living and working close by in Newham, as well as in parts of east London have been asked to keep their windows and doors closed at this time.

A scientific advisor, the Brigade said, is monitoring the air quality at the location to ensure action can be taken if it worsens due to the fire.

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The brigade added that it received several calls from members of the public reporting the sight or smell of smoke, particularly in parts of Newham and east London.

“Although we believe these calls are linked to this fire, it's important that you do call us if you suspect there may be a fire in your area”, it urged people.

The fire was brought under control by crews from Plaistow, East Ham, Poplar, Stratford and surrounding fire stations by 9.10am, but the Brigade said they will remain on scene throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

A 32-metre turntable ladder from Greenwich Fire Station is reportedly being used as a water tower to fight the fire from above. The drone team are also said to be providing assistance.

The cause of fire is yet unknown and will be investigated by London Fire Brigade.