Fire in large derelict building
Warley Road, Great Warley
04/10/2020 @ 18:41
Incident Number: 132205
In attendance: 2 x Brentwood, 2 x Basildon, 1 x Chelmsford (Aerial Ladder Platform)
Firefighters are currently at the scene of a large fire in Great Warley involving a derelict building.
The building, which measures approximately 20 square metres, was completely alight when crews arrived.
Firefighters have surrounded the building and are fighting the fire externally, including through the use of an aerial ladder platform which allows them to spray water onto the premises from above.
UPDATE - 9:30am
Firefighters remained at the scene overnight monitoring hotspots to ensure the scene was completely cooled. Crews left the scene at 5:30am and are revisiting regularly to monitor the scene.
UPDATE - 10.30pm
Firefighters have continued making good progress and the fire is now almost completely under control.
Two fire engines will remain at the scene extinguishing remaining hotspots and ensuring the scene is cool.
UPDATE - 9pm
Firefighters have reported that good progress is being made in getting the fire under control.
Around 75% of the building now remains alight. Crews are also working alongside utility companies to make sure gas and electricity supplies do not pose a risk at the scene.
UPDATE - 8pm
Russ Freeman, Incident Commander, said: "Firefighters are working hard to get this fire under control as quickly as possible. In the meantime if you live nearby, you will notice a lot of smoke - so please keep your windows and doors closed.
"If you are travelling through, please use an alternative route. Thank you for your patience and support."
** This is a live incident. Further information will be added here as it becomes available. **