Firefighters were called to a fire involving a number of Iso containers at a storage yard along the Romford Road last night.
Six fire engines and a number of specialist fire engines (including a water bowser, hose layer and high volume pump) were called to assist at the scene of the fire.
Firefighters reported that the yard had around 60 containers which were involved in the fire. The contents of the containers is unknown, but there is evidence that a number of them contain fireworks.
A safety corden was quickly established around the incident and Essex Police assisted in evacuating the immediate area.
Firefighters at the scene have reported that they used a drone to get an overview of the fire and incident ground. They monitored the fire from a safe distance due to the unknown contents of the containers and the presence of fireworks.
Romford Road was closed to all traffic as a safety precaution.
Firefighters worked to establish additional sources of water from nearby lakes.
They also used specialist high volume pumps and extra hoses to pump the water to the incident ground when required.
As from 5 am this morning, the initial exclusion zone has been reduced and everyone evacuated has returned to their homes. Four fire engines remain at the scene of the fire.