Fire at car salvage yard - caused by lightning strike
Brickfields Way, Rochford
30/05/2018 @ 01:32
Incident Number: 78319
In attendance: 2 x Southend, 1 x Basildon, 1 x Leigh, 1 x Rochford, 1 x Hawkwell, 1 x Shoeburyness, 1 x Orsett (foam), 1 x Corringham (water bowser)
Firefighters were called to a fire at a car salvage yard in Rochford early this morning (Wednesday 30 May).
When fire crews first arrived they reported that approximately 30 cars were on fire.
Update 3am - The fire has been contained and firefighters are making good progress tackling the fire. Around 50 cars are now involved in the fire.
Update 4:30am - The fire has been extinguished. Crews will now work to dampen down remaining hot spots.
Update 5:45am - Firefighters have finished at the scene and will be leaving shortly.
Incident Commander Paul Chipperfield said:
"Firefighters worked extremely hard at this incident and did an excellent job stopping the fire spreading to a possible further 500 cars which were close by.
"The first fire crews on scene managed to quickly get on top of the fire and due to the size of the stack of cars called in for extra resources to assist. The fire was very intense and hot but the fire crews managed to contain the fire very quickly and stop any further damage.
"We are working on finding the cause of the fire, but at this time we are not treating it as deliberate".
Update - Fire Investgiation
The fire investigation found that the fire was caused by a lightning strike.