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Fire in industrial building

Cartersfield Road, Waltham Abbey
06/03/2018 @ 04:58
Incident Number: 73325
In attendance: 1 x Waltham Abbey, 1 x Loughton, 2 x Harlow, 1 x Brentwood, 1 x Grays (Aerial Ladder Platform), 1 x Epping, 1 x Ongar, 1 x Ingatestone


Firefighters were called to the scene of a fire at an industrial building this morning.

On arrival crews reported that approximately half of the building, which is one storey and measures around 40 metres  by 60 metres, was on fire.

The building has been converted from a factory to accommodate eight separate business units.

At 5.55am the incident commander reported that the building was still well alight. Firefighters are using an Aerial Ladder Platform to allow them to spray water on the premises from height and have divided the incident into two sectors, to co-ordinate firefighting operations.

At 6.38am firefighters reported that two units within the building - which are used by separate companies - were both still alight. The incident commander requested the support of utility boards including water, electricity and gas to isolate supplies to the premises.

Fire crews advised that the fire had been surrounded by 7.28am, as progress towards extinguishing it continued.

The fire was extinguished by 8.38am. Fire engines remained at the scene for some time afterwards to dampen down hotspots and ensure the area was fully cooled.

Six of the business units have suffered significant damage in the fire, while two units have been affected by smoke.

Incident Commander Phil Pidgeon said: "Fire crews did a fantastic job this morning to contain the fire and prevent it spreading so quickly.

"The fact that two of the business premises escaped major damage from an intense fire like this is testament to the hard work and professionalism of all of our firefighters who were involved. I know those business owners will be very thankful for their efforts."

A fire investigation found that the fire was caused accidentally.

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