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Drivers warned of rush-hour disruption as crews tackle Neasden warehouse fire

Ten fire engines were tackling the blaze.

A large warehouse fire on the A406 in north London (London Fire Brigade/PA)
A large warehouse fire on the A406 in north London (London Fire Brigade/PA)

Commuters were warned they face rush-hour disruption after a large warehouse fire in north London forced the closure of a major route.

The blaze at a commercial building on the North Circular in Neasden halted traffic on the ring road in both directions between Neasden Lane North and Staples Corner, where the key route meets the M1, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Transport for London (TfL) said the M1 had also been closed southbound at the interchange and urged motorists to use alternative routes.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said 10 fire engines and 70 firefighters were tackling the fire on the first floor of a nearby warehouse, while the Metropolitan Police had sent officers to the scene.

Scotland Yard tweeted: “We’re assisting @LondonFire at a warehouse fire on the A406 in #Neasden, Road closures likely to severely affect North Circ Rd, Staples Corner and other key routes into morning rush hour. Drivers should avoid the area.”

LFB tweeted: “Ten fire engines & around 70 firefighters are tackling a blaze in a commercial building on North Circular Road in #Neasden. Half of the first floor is alight”

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