Tyre fire fumes could be toxic
I read your article “Evacuation as car workshop goes up in flames” (Gazette February 7) which reported that a blaze broke out at a car workshop in Trout Road, Yiewsley.
It took five hours for the brave London Fire Brigade to bring the blaze under control.
Some local residents had to leave their homes and witnesses saw a “big ball of black smoke” and “massive flames.”
I can’t help wondering if there will be any long-term health effects from the smoke on those nearby. Burning tyres give off toxic chemicals such as benzene which can cause genetic damage.
Solvents such as benzene and toluene, are used as de-greasers in vehicle workshops and are proven to cause cancer and blood diseases, including leukaemia.
I’m glad the London Fire Brigade has launched an investigation into the cause of the fire, as we need to know how to prevent another such fire. Name and address witheld