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Details: Update - 21:05hrs - Wednesday
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Incident No: 9856
Details: Hay Alight
Address: Bicknacre Road, East Hanningfield
Attendance: 1 x South Woodham Ferrers, 1 x Great Baddow
Firefighters tackled a fire in an open sided barn full of hay. The incident commander reported that the barn measured 20 metres by 30 metres and was 100% alight.
Crews used two ground monitors, one spray plate, one main jet and two hose reel jets to tackle the fire and protect surrounding risks.
The fire had been extinguished by 05:50hrs. Crews will be detained approximately an hour turning over and damping down at the scene to ensure that no hot-spots remain.
Incident No: 9829
Details: Mobile Home Fire
Address: Takeley Park, Hatfield Broad Oak, Takeley
Attendance: 2 x Dunmow, 1 x Stansted, 1 x Old Harlow
Firefighters tackled a fire which engulfed a static mobile home in Takeley. Wearing breathing apparatus and using four hose reel jets and two main jets crews had extinguished the fire by 18:48hrs.
A revisit is set to take place at 21:45hrs this evening to ensure no hot-spots remain at the scene.
Incident No: 9805
Details: RTC - man trapped
Address: A127, Fortunes of War, Laindon
Attendance: 1 x basildon, 1 x Billericay, 1 x WickfordFirefighters released a man trapped following a one vehicle RTC. Using one set of cutting equipment crews had released the man by 10:36hrs
Incident No: 9820
Details: Fire in a School
Address: De La Salle School, Gilgrove, Basildon
Attendance: 2 x Basildon
Firefighters tackled a fire in a cavity wall in a school this afternoon. The school had been evacuated by the time crews arrived. Crews used a saw to cut the wall away and gain access to the fire. Using two hose reel jet and two water backpacks crews had extinguished the fire by 13:51.
Firefighter Matt Gower said: "There was work being done on a roof and something fell in the cavity wall starting a fire.
"We had to break our way into the classroom wall to find the seats of fire and then we quickly extinguished them."
Incident No: 9768
Details: Derelict Building Alight
Address: Stanbridge Road, Rochford
Attendance: 1 x Hawkwell, 1 x Southend, 1 x Rayleigh Weir
Firefighters are tackling a fire in a derelict storage building measuring 10 by eight metres. The building is completely alight. Crews are using monitors to contain the fire an protect surrounding risks.
Update 18:00hrs: An aerial ladder platform is now at the scene and is being used as a water tower to put water on the fire from above. the fire is now surrounded.
Update: The fire was fully extinguished by 19:17hrs. The cause of the fire has been recorded as deliberate.View Incident Images
Incident No: 9766
Details: Bungalow Alight
Address: Kiln Road, Benfleet
Attendance: 1 x Rayleigh Weir, 1 x Canvey, 1 x Southend
Firefighters are tackling a fire in a detached bungalow. The incident commander reports that the bungalow is 100% involved in the fire.
Crews in breathing apparatus are using two hose reel jets and one main jet to tackle the fire.
Update 18:30hrs: Three people have been left in the care of the Ambulance Service suffering the effects of smoke inhalation as a result of this fire.
The fire is now surrounded and the incident commander reports that steady progress is being made. This is likely to be a protracted incident and a three pump relief is set to take over at 19:00hrs.
The A13 between Badger Hall Avenue and Runnymede Chase closed in both directions as a result of this incident.
Update: The fire was fully extinguished by 18:44hrs. Crews wore breathing apparatus and used four main jets and four hose reel jets to tackle the blaze.View Incident Images
Incident No: 9762
Details: 25,000 litre Diesel Tank Alight
Address: Station Road, East Tilbury
Attendance: 2 x Grays, 1 x Basildon, 1 x Orsett, 1 x Corringham
Firefighters are tackling a fire in a 25,000 litre diesel tank which is affecting nearby buildings. Crews are using two hose reel jets to tackle the blaze.
Update 15:13hrs: The fire has now been extinguished and crews are working to cool the tank involved.
Update 18:45hrs: The fire did not actually involve the diesel tank, it was in a large pile of tyres close to the tanker instead.
Divisional Officer mark Samuels said: "It was a very large pile of tyres which was close to the tank. Crews made sure that the tank was cooled as soon as they tackled the fire. Crews did an excellent job getting on top of this fire as quickly as they did."View Incident Images
Incident No: 9731
Details: Field Fires
Address: Mardyke Bridge Crossing, Ship Lane, Aveley
Attendance: 2 x Grays, 1 x Billericay (off road capability)
Firefighters tackled six fires all lit in the same field. Crews had extinguished three of the fires by 23:54 with the remaining three being extinguished by 00:14hrs.
The cause of the fires has been recorded as deliberate.
Incident No: 9644
Details: RTC - one vehicle, woman trapped
Address: A120, Dunmow to Stansted
Attendance: Leaden Roding, Stansted, ThaxtedFirefighters released a woman trapped following a one vehicle RTC. Using one set of cutting equipment crews had released the woman by 12:21hrs.