Trailer refrigeration unit may be to blamed for fire at Sainsbury’s Warehouse blaze in Charlton

A blaze at a food warehouse may have started when a refrigeration unit caught fire in a trailer parked next to the building, we can reveal.

About 70 firefighters tackled the blaze at  Sainsbury’s  Thameside depot on Lombard Wall in  Charlton on Saturday night.


All staff on site were evacuated from the building after the alarm has been raised.


Following a similar accidental fire at the warehouse a number of months ago. the fire service is urging businesses to make sure vehicles are not parked close to buildings.

Six fire engines from London Fire Brigade and an aerial ladder were called to two lorries on fire at the chilled distribution centre shortly after 6.30pm, when the fire started to spread to a warehouse measuring about 20m by 30m.

Due to the swift action by responding crews they managed to contain the blaze to the two HGV trailers. The side of the warehouse suffered smoke damage.

An investigation has been launched into the cause.