Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Five fuel tankers on fire - PHOTOS

Botany Way, Purfleet
12/04/2017 @ 21:44
Incident Number: 52363
In attendance: 1 x Grays, 1 x Corringham, 1 x Brentwood, 1 x Orsett (Foam unit), 1 x Maldon (Foam unit), 1 x Rayleigh Weir (Hose Layer), 1 x Chelmsford (Water Bowser), 1 x Basildon (ICU)

Firefighters are at the scene of a large fire involved five fuel tankers on an industrial estate in Purfleet.

Four fire engines and a number of specialist fire appliances including our Foam Lorry, Hose Layer and Water Bowser are at the scene tackling the fire.

Essex Police are at the scene to provide a safe corden around the incident. There are no reported injuries.

Update 11pm - Firefighters are continuing to tackle the fire. Firefighters have set up a reliable water supply using the Service's Water Bowser (a large water tanker). The fire service have contacted the train line services to ensure no trains pass during the incident as the train line runs very close by.

Update 12am - The fire is under control and is almost out. Crews are using foam to extinguish the fire as quickly as possible. Foam is used to tackle fuel fires as it forms a blanket-like cover over the fire to smother the fire.

Update 12:30am - The fire has been extinguished. Crews will now dampen down and ensure all hot spots are fully extinguished.

The Incident Commander, Martyn Hare said:

"When we arrived at the incident we found all five fuel lorries well alight. The smoke could been seen from miles away, and we immediately ordered our specialist appliances including the Foam unit to help tackle the fire.

"A total of five fuel lorries were involved with the fire. One lorry was empty, the other four lorries had a combined load of 45,000 litres of fuel (diesel and kerosene).

"Our priorities were to contain the fire and not let it spread to the surrounding area. We also had to make sure we contained the water running off the fire to minimalise the impact on the environment.

"Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire extremely quickly. We used foam to tackle the fire as it forms a blanket like cover over the fire and suffocates it which helps to extinguish it quickly.

"Once the fire was extinguished and we had extinguished most of the hot spots we were able to reduce the number of fire engines at the scene.

"An investigation will take place to establish the cause of the fire".

Update 3:30am - Firefighters have checked the whole incident area for hot spots and have confirmed all is safe and sufficiently cooled. The last fire engine has now left the incident.

The investigation is still on-going, however at this stage we believe the cause of the fire is not suspicious and possibly started due to an electrical fault.

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