TWENTY fire engines and around 125 crew tackled a fire at a factory in Minerva Road, Park Royal, in the early hours of today (4).

Most of the ground floor and half the roof of a single-storey industrial bakery was damaged. There were no reports of any injuries.

Eleven gas cylinders were removed as a precaution as they can explode when exposed to heat. 

Station Commander Paul Morgan, who was at the scene, said: "Firefighters were faced with a fully-developed fire on arrival. 

"One person left the building before the brigade arrived.

"Crews worked incredibly hard to contain the fire and prevent further damage. It produced some smoke and we asked residents to keep their windows and doors closed.

"One of the brigade's 32-metre turntable ladders was used as a water tower to get water on to the building externally.

"Firefighters also used one of our drones to provide an aerial view.

"There was a cordon in place and Minerva Road was closed."

The brigade was called at 3.23 and the fire was under control by 6.10. Crews from Park Royal, Willesden, Wembley, North Kensington, Ealing, Chiswick and surrounding fire stations attended. 

The cause of the fire is being investigated.