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Large fire in distribution warehouse - PHOTOS and VIDEO

Festival Way, Basildon
20/08/2017 @ 00:21
Incident Number: 61309
In attendance: 2 x Basildon, 1 x Wickford, 1 x Rayleigh Weir, 1 x Corringham, 1 x Orsett, 2 x Brentwood, 1 x Leigh, 1 x Epping, 1 x Ingatestone, 1 x Canvey, 1 x Maldon, 1 x South Woodham, 1 x Southend (ALP), 1 x Grays (ALP)


Fifteen fire engines and a number of specialist appliances are at the scene of a large fire at packaging and distribution warehouse in Basildon.

The warehouse, which measures approximately 100m x 50m, is completely alight A number of lorries are also involved in the fire.

*Update 2am* Firefighters are working hard to bring the fire under control. We currently have around 100 firefighters at the scene helping to tackle the fire.

*Update 2:45am* The officer in charge reports good progress is being made by firefighters tackling the fire. Firefighters have surrounded the fire and are using multiple hoses and two aerial ladder platform to tackle the fire.

*Update 4am* The officer in charge, Neil Fenwick, said:

"When we first arrived, firefighters immediately requested extra fire engines to help deal with this rapidlly growing fire. The warehouse, which we believe is used for packaging and distribution, contained a large amount of stock and the fire took hold very quickly.

"Firefighters have done an absolutely briliant job here this morning. They spotted the fire had started to spread to the large warehouse next door and managed to extinguish the fire very quickly and stopped the fire spreading. Fire crews had the fire surrounded and under control very quickly. It is thanks to their hard work that the fire has been contained to the one warehouse".

"Firefighters will remain at the scene for some time extinguishing the fire and checking for hot spots."

*Update 5am* The fire is under control and the number of fire engines has been reduced to eight. Crews are continuing to tackle the fire.

VIDEO: Officer in Charge, Neil Fenwick

*Update 7am* The Officer in Charge reports firefighters are making good progress. Five fire engines and two aerial ladder platforms remain at the scene tackling the fire.

*Update 8am* Firefighters are making good progress. The incident has been scaled back to four fire engines and two aerial ladder platforms. The whole warehosue has been destroyed. Crews will remain at the scene until the whole warehouse has been completedly cooled and checked to ensure the area is safe.

*Update 9:40am* The incident has been reduced to three fire engines and one ALP. We have requested the assistance of our contractors, Extreme Rescue, who have specialist equipment and mechanical diggers to help turn over the collapsed roof and smouldering materials to expose pockets of fire so we can extinguish them fully.

*Update 12:30pm* Firefighters are still at the scene of the incident  Two fire engines and one ALP are still woking to extinguish the remaining hotspots.

*Update 3:30pm* Firefighters are still working at the scene to extiguish hotspots. Mechanical diggers are being used to remove the collapsed roof to expose any remaining hotspots. Two fire engines and one ALP are currently at the scene.

*Update 7:45pm* Two fire engine remain at the scene turning over and dampening down.

Monday 21 August

*Update 7:30am* Two fire engines have remained on site overnight. Work will continue shortly, with the help of a mechanical digger, to find the remaining hotspots.

Two fire engines will remain on site for the rest of the day working with the digger operators to uncover and extinguish remaining hotspots.

*Update 8pm* Firefighters have now left the incident. They will return to the scene tomorrow morning to check the scene is still completely cooled.

Tuesday 22 August

Firefighters will make scheduled visits back to the incident to check the scene is still safe and no hotpots have appeared. This is standard procedure for incidents which involve a large incident like this.

The fire investigation was recorded as undertermined.

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