According to London Fire Brigade, 20 engines and 97 firefighters and officers were called to a fire at the premises of UK Snacks at an industrial estate in Orient Way, Leyton. More than 70 calls were placed regarding the fire in the early hours of Saturday morning (23 June).
Fire crews from Leytonstone, Homerton, Walthamstow, Stoke Newington, Stratford and surrounding fire stations were required at the scene and the cause of the fire is not known at this stage. Extensive damage to the facility has been reported, with firefighters working to extinguish smaller pockets of fire throughout Saturday.
The company supplies Bombay mixes, nuts, sweets and savoury snacks, and claims to be the business that brought Bombay Mix to the country. It was established in 1977.
The business originally moved to Leyton in 2007, to a site on land where the Olympic Park was subsequently built. At the time, the two-storey, 40,000 sq ft site featured state-of-the-art recycling and renewable energy systems.