Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Industrial unit alight

Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey
17/05/2019 @ 21:54
Incident Number: 100625
In attendance: 1 x Waltham Abbey, 1 x Loughton, 1 x Epping, 1 x Grays, 1 x Harlow, 1 x Old Harlow, 1 x Corringham, 2 x Hertfordshire FRS, 2 x London FB

Firefighters were called to a fire in an industrial unit in Waltham Abbey.

The unit measured approximately 80m x 20m. When crews arrived at the scene they reported that 70% of the building was on fire. Fire crews removed a number of cylinders from inside the unit and made them safe by cooling them using water. The unit also contained a number of vehicles.

As well as a number of fire engines, crews also requested a number of specialist vehicles to help tackle the fire including a water bowser and an aerial ladder platform (ALP).

Station Manager Stuart Hare said:

"Firefighters worked extremely hard throughout the night to extinguish this large and challenging fire. The unit where the fire started was joined to a number of other units, and a number of them have been affected by the smoke from the fire.

"The unit structure quickly became unsafe due to the damage, so we have been using the aerial ladder platform (ALP) to help extinguish the fire by pouring water on it from above.|"

At 6am four fire engines remained at the scene. The crews are dampening down hot spots.

At 2:30pm two fire engines remain at the scene. Firefighters are continuing to dampening down the remaining hot spots.

At 8pm one fire engine remains at the scene. Firefighters are continuing to extinguish any remaining hot spots.

Fire crews will make several re-visits over the next few days to ensure the whole site remains cool and will check for hot spots.

The investigation was concluded as unknown cause.


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