On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, shortly after 10:00 a.m., London firefighters were on the scene at East Duck Lees Lane as hundreds of wooden pallets were consumed in a fire. The entire industrial estate as well as more than 20 vehicles were damaged by the fire. More than 70 firefighters and at least 10 fire engines were present battling the fire. Nearby residents were advised to keep their windows and doors closed to prevent smoke entering, and some people and businesses were evacuated.
Thick, black smoke was seen billowing above the flames from the site. Parts of Mollison Road was closed due to the fire. The fire was seen across east London, and the fire brigade received more than 20 calls about it. Pictures of the blaze were shared on various social media sites.
Due to the presence of suspected gas cylinders, firefighters were doing their best to keep them cool to prevent their explosion as they were exposed to the heat. Firefighters from Enfield and the surrounding areas of Chingford, Woodford, Dagenham, Holloway, Edmonton, Stoke Newington and Tottenham were called to the scene around 10:10 a.m. There was no known cause for the fire.