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Fire in derelict building

Crouch Street, Colchester
29/10/2017 @ 01:46
Incident Number: 65667
In attendance: 2 x Colchester, 1 x Tiptree, 1 x Manningtree, 1 x Brightlingsea, 1 x Coggeshall, 1 x Chelmsford (ALP), 1 x Clacton (ICU)


Crews were called to a fire at a derelict building in Colchester in the early hours of this morning (Sunday 29 October).

At 3.50am firefighters reported that the building was 25% alight and 100% smoke logged. They had sectorised the building into four sections to assist them in tackling the fire. 

Update 6.20am

Crews are continuing to tackle the fire and have requested the attendance of four more fire engines for support, making the number of firefighters involved around 50. 

Incident Commander Danny Partridge said:

"We are currently at the scene of a fire in a large derelict building in Colchester. 

"Due to the size and state of the building it was necessary to call out multiple crews for support and back up. 

"We are working with other agencies on site and expect the incident to last for some time.

"We advise nearby residents to keep their windows and doors closed due to the amount of smoke in the area."

Update 8.20am

The building remains heavily smoke logged so crews are using positive pressure ventilation (PPV) fans try to clear the smoke.

Update 9am

The fire has now been extinguished and the smoke has been cleared from the building.

Incident Commander Terry Povey said:

"Our crews have worked extremely hard throughout the night to tackle the fire.

"As part of our efforts it was essential that we carried out a search for anyone inside as it is known that homeless people sometimes visit the building. I can confirm that following a search no one was found to be inside.

"The fire has now been extinguished and we will remain on site to check for hot spots.

"The road will stay closed for some time today and I urge people to stay away from the area.

"An investigation into the cause of the fire will be carried out in due course."

Update 5pm

Following an investigation the cause of the fire has been recorded as deliberate. 

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