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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fire Hits Future London Olympic Site

LONDON -- A huge blaze at a warehouse sent black smoke pouring over east London on Monday, but there were no reports of casualties and police ruled out a terrorist attack.

Fifteen fire engines and 75 firefighters rushed to the scene, an industrial estate in the Stratford area, the London fire brigade said.

Witnesses said the fire broke out in an empty warehouse being demolished as part of preparations for the 2012 Olympics.

Two ambulances raced to the scene, but the London ambulance service said no casualties had been reported.

News reports and witnesses spoke of an explosion, raising fears of a possible attack.

A police spokesman, however, asked whether police suspected terrorist activity, said, "Not at all. It's a fire - a very large fire."

"It was a large bang," said witness Stuart Russell, a telecommunications worker. "There were massive flames and smoke filling the sky."

The fire sent flames 12 to 15 meters into the air, and thick black smoke could be seen for miles.

Another witness, Peter Singleton, 53, said, "The area was being demolished for the Olympics. At first we thought they were just dismantling the building.

"But then we saw the flames coming out. And then it collapsed on itself."

In July 2005, suicide bombers killed 52 people on London's transport system, and there have been several unsuccessful attacks since then.

Asked if it was possible to rule out any terrorist connection, a security source said, "We wouldn't rule anything out at this stage, it's too early. But for the time being it's being responded to as a fire."

"Obviously it's something that we will be keeping an eye on. We're not going to rule anything out this early in the day."