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Fire in three storey office block

Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea
11/04/2019 @ 18:23
Incident Number: 98358
In attendance: 1 x Leigh, 2 x Southend


Firefighters were called to reports of a fire in a three storey office building this evening.

When crews arrived, the middle floor of the building was filled with smoke and a fire was burning within a filing room.

Crews used a positive pressure ventilation fan to clear the premises of smoke and were able to extinguish the fire by 7.55pm - managing to ensure the building escaped damage beyond the room the fire started in.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental - we believe a faulty light fitting ignited and spread to some files below.

One man was left in the care of the Ambulance Service after attempting to tackle the fire with a fire extinguisher and suffering smoke inhalation, but fortunately, no-one has been seriously injured.

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