Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire in an aircraft hangar - PHOTOS

Southend Airport, Rochford
16/08/2017 @ 10:42
Incident Number: 61093
In attendance: 2 x Southend, 1 x Rayleigh Weir, 1 x Rochford, 1 x Shoeburyness, 1 x Hawkwell, 2 x Chelmsford (Water Bowser and ALP)

Firefighters were called to an incident this morning involving an aircraft hangar in Southend Airport.

When firefighters arrived at the scene they reported the large hangar, which is used to livery aeroplanes, was on fire. Six fire engines were requested to help tackle the fire. The hangar did not have any aeroplanes inside.

At 11.40am, firefighters were using an aerial ladder platform (ALP) to pour water on the large building from above. The officer in charge at the incident reported crews were making good progress.

Statement from Southend Airport:
"Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is currently dealing with an incident at the Air Livery hanger on the north side of the airfield. London Southend Airport is still open and operating as normal."

At 12.40pm, firefighters had almost completely extinguished the fire. The hangar, which is used to livery aeroplanes, contained a number of chemicals which firefighters removed from the building to stop them being involved in the fire.

Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to find remaining hot spots which they then dampened down to ensure they were completely cooled and extinguished.

At 2pm, firefighters were still at the scene dampening down hot spots. Crews cut away sections of the roof to make sure the fire was completely extinguished.

The incident was then scaled down, with three fire engines remaining at the scene until around 5.30pm to continue dampening down and making the scene safe.

At 8pm, one fire engine reattended the site to ensure the premises were still secure and there was no risk of reignition.

The investigation found that the fire started accidentally.

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Incident Images

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