Several car workshop outbuildings alight
Harwich Road, Lawford
03/03/2018 @ 00:54
Incident Number: 73106
In attendance: 2 x Colchester, 2 x Manningtree (1 x Pinzgauer), 1 x Brightlingsea, 1 x Clacton, 1 x Dovercourt, 1 x Frinton, 1 x Halstead (Water Bowser), 1 x Holbrook (Suffolk)
Firefighters were called to the scene of a fire involving several outbuildings this morning.
On arrival, crews reported that the buildings involved in the fire measured around 36 metres by 28 metres and are used as car repair workshops and storage.
Due to the remote location of the buildings, the officer in charge immediately called for the support of several other fire crews to provide a vital water supply to tackle the fire.
As a precaution, firefighters requested that two nearby houses were evacuated. The local authority supported this effort to ensure residents were kept a safe distance from the area.
At 2.24am, the officer in charge reported that the incident had been sectorised (divided into areas) to allow fire crews to surround the building more efficiently.
By 3.10am, firefighters had managed to isolate the electricity supply and surround the building completely.
At 5.16am, crews reported that the fire was under control and almost completely extinguished. Four fire engines remained at the scene for a further hour to continue dampening down remaining hotspots.
By 8am, the incident had been scaled down to one fire engine to monitor the scene, with the final crew leaving the area at 10.20am after ensuring there was no risk of reignition.
The building has been completely destroyed by the fire. An investigation found that the fire was caused accidentally by an electrical fault in a consumer unit within one of the buildings.