After smoke billowed across London for most of the afternoon, tonight we can at least be thankful that it was 'only' a fire, and that no-one was injured. As upon seeing the dark clouds spreading across Canary Wharf this lunchtime, many people thought it may be something else. The scene at Waterden Road in Hackney has now been contained and the building that was destroyed was oddly due to be demolished on Monday in any case.
All day uniformly dramatic photos of the event have been appearing on flickr and in our inbox capturing an unusual looking London. Here are some of the best:
From the Isle of Dogs by Andy Wilkes
Inkognitoh took this picture of the huge black cloud covering London.
A view from Bow by Hazel Tsoi-Wiles
RGough took this in London Fields
Martin Hills captured an ominous cloud in Angel
Simone found the cloud in Shoreditch
Fred Dawson snapped from Central London
Kaiesh took this from the Shell Centre