Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Bad parking delays firefighters attendance to industrial fire

Seaview Road, St Osyth
31/10/2019 @ 14:07
Incident Number: 111996
In attendance: 2 x Clacton

Firefighters have urged drivers to be more considerate when parking after their access to a fire in St Osyth this afternoon was blocked.

Crews were called to reports of a fire in a roof void of a commercial premises. On arrival, firefighters immediately began to cut away parts of the roof, which measured approximately 90 metres by 40 metres, to allow them to reach the seat of the fire.

Crews managed to extinguish the fire by 3.09pm, before using thermal imaging cameras to ensure there were no further hotspots within the premises.

Jim Bowyer, Watch Manager at Clacton Fire Station, said: "It is always incredibly frustrating when we can't respond to fires as quickly as we should because our path is blocked by a badly parked vehicle.

"This narrow road was made even tighter after a heavy goods vehicle was parked inconsiderately. I would urge all drivers to stop and think when parking their cars: could a fire engine easily get through? If the answer is 'no', then you should park somewhere else.

"Fortunately in this particular incident, the fire had not spread as much as it easily could have and our crews restricted the damage."

The fire was caused accidentally during construction work.


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