There was a massive factory fire in North London, and almost 100 firefighters battled it

Blake Ridder/TwitterA photo of the fire, taken by author and actor Blake Ridder.

A major fire broke out at a paint factory in North London on Monday night, with dozens of firefighters working to combat the flames.

The London Fire Brigade said on Twitter that there were 15 fire engines and 97 firefighters at the scene on Waterloo Road, Brent Cross. Videos and photos posted on social media by people in the area showed massive fire and towers of smoke.

Residents were advised to avoid the area, and to keep doors and windows shut. The first 999 call came in around 9:20 p.m. and it was brought under control a little after midnight, with no reports of injuries.

“This is a significant fire at a paint factory off the North Circular which can be seen across London. The fire completely destroyed the single storey building. Factory workers left before the Brigade arrived,” a spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade said.

“There were no reports of any injuries. Firefighters will be at the scene throughout the night damping down pockets of fire.”

It’s not immediately clear what caused the fire.

Social media posts from people nearby captured the blaze:

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