Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Warehouse fire

Key Road, Clacton-on-Sea
27/03/2018 @ 22:59
Incident Number: 74545
In attendance: 2 x Clacton, 1 x Frinton, 1 x Weeley, 1 x Colchester (Aerial Ladder Platform)

Firefighters were called to the scene of a warehouse fire overnight.

On arrival, crews reported that the warehouse, which measures 60 metres by 15 metres and has not been used for a number of years, was well alight.

The incident commander immediately sectorised the incident, to allow firefighters to surround the premises more effectively and prevent the fire spreading. An Aerial Ladder Platform was also requested to help spray water onto the building from height.

Due to the speed the fire developed and volume of smoke, firefighters advised that several properties situated close to the scene should briefly be evacuated as a precaution, before occupants were soon allowed to return to their homes and advised to keep windows and doors shut.

At 0.18am, the incident commander reported that the warehouse had successfully been surrounded and steady firefighting progress was being made.

By 1.33am, the fire was completely extinguished. Crews used thermal imaging cameras to ensure there were no remaining hotspots within the structure, before leaving the scene.

Firefighters reattended the site at 6.30am to confirm the area was cool and that there was no risk of reignition.


Station Manager Lee Palfreyman, who led the incident, said: "Firefighters did a fantastic job here this evening in very difficult circumstances. The close proximity of homes on all four sides of the warehouse, as well as the fact that the site itself is surrounded by overgrown foliage and discarded waste, made it very difficult to access initially.

"Crews showed huge professionalism in the speed they reacted to ensure that the fire was contained as quickly as possible - and in doing so prevented those nearby houses from potentially being badly damaged.

"Our Control team also received more than 60 calls about the incident and acted very efficiently in co-ordinating our response.

"I'd also like to thank those residents who were very briefly asked to leave their homes for their co-operation."


The warehouse has been badly damaged and the roof has been destroyed. We believe the fire was caused deliberately.

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