Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


VIDEO/PICTURES: Industrial building destroyed by fire

Christopher Martin Road, Basildon
29/08/2020 @ 22:22
Incident Number: 129931
In attendance: (Initial response) 1 x Basildon, 1 x Rayleigh Weir, 1 x Billericay, 1 x Wickford, 1 x Leigh, 1 x Corringham, 1 x Orsett, 2 x ALP (Aerial Ladder Platform)


The final crews have left the scene after being satisfied that the site has cooled safely.

As per normal procedures for an incident of this scale, a revisit to ensure the area remains safe will take place tomorrow morning (Tuesday 1 September).


UPDATE 9AM (Monday 31 August)

Good progress has been made overnight in tackling hotspots, with crews remaining at the scene this morning to support the owners ahead of demolition work.

Craig McLellan, who is now leading the incident, said: "Our priorities with this incident have moved forward after some good work by crews in extinguishing hotspots on Sunday night and the early hours of Monday morning.

"Because of the scale of this site, there remains some hotspots that we have not yet reached within the collapsed material. We are therefore now working with the owners of the premises, the Environment Agency and Anglian Water to support both a safe demolition of the building and the containment of the hazardous materials.

"Thank you to everyone in the local area for your patience - we are working hard to make the site safe as soon as possible."



Area Manager Neil Fenwick has provided an update on the incident, which saw an industrial building collapse and involved more than 350 tonnes of syrup and treacle - check out the video below.

Firefighters are continuing to tackle hotspots within the building.



After the mechanical digger gained access to the premises this afternoon and began moving material within the building, firefighters are tackling hotspots from above using an Aerial Ladder Platform.

The fire remains under control and good progress is being made.

Three crews remain at the scene.


Good progress has been made this morning in tackling the fire, which is now under control. Four new crews will take over at the scene from 11.30am.

However, because the building has been badly damaged, firefighters have so far been unable to reach pockets of fire within the premises. A mechanical digger will therefore shortly begin moving parts of the collapsed structure to allow them to safely extinguish remaining hotspots.

During the initial fire, an amount of molten syrup had begun to leak from the building and spread at the scene. Crews are continuing to work with the Environment Agency and Anglian Water to prevent it reaching the watercourse.

Incident Commander Martyn Hare said: "When we begin to move the collapsed parts of the building around to reach hotspots, there will be further smoke created, so we recommend you keep your doors and windows closed if you live nearby.

"Crews have done a superb job of getting this fire under control, but we'll be here for some time yet. Working alongside the Environment Agency and Anglian Water, several specialist measures have been put in place to make sure that the watercourse is not affected by the leaked material.

"Thank you to everyone in the local area for your patience and support."


Firefighters are still working at the incident and are likely to remain on site for the rest of the day.

The incident is still creating large amounts of smoke. Residents in the area are advised to keep doors and windows shut and avoid the area if possible.

The Environment Agency are on site assisting with the incident.

UPDATE 1.30am

Crews are working hard to tackle the fire. Residents are reminded to stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed due to the smoke.

UPDATE 12.25am

The building is completely alight. Sixteen appliances and two Aerial Ladder Platforms are in attendance.

The fire is producing large amounts of smoke and residents in the area have been advised to stay indoors and keep their windows and doors closed.

UPDATE 11.10pm

Crews are tackling a fire at an industrial building in Christopher Martin Road, Basildon.

Firefighters were called to reports of a fire in the roof of an industrial building. Eight appliances and two Aerial Ladder Platforms, from Chelmsford and Grays, are in attendance.

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