Essex County Fire and Rescue Service offers a 24/7 service to the press. Our incident database is updated on a regular basis by the media team and we have established a hotline - 01376 570 814 - where you will be able to reach us round-the-clock. If you are not the Media, USE 01376 576000 for other enquiries. We do ask that routine press check calls are not made between 10pm and 6am, because all items of interest will be posted here as they happen. Please note this is NOT a service for the public and press from outside our local area are asked politely to adhere to these guidelines.
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Incident No: 8251
Details: ECFRS crews responding to airport
Address: Stansted Airport
Attendance: 1 x Harlow, 2 x Dunmow, including Pinzgauer off road, 1 x Leaden Roding, 2 x Stansted, including foam tenderCrews are standing by with other emergency services at an incident at Stansted Airport. No further details from ECFRS. Please direct enquiries to Essex Police Press Office.
Incident No: 8218
Details: Road traffic collision
Address: Junction 28 -27
Attendance: 2 x Brentwood, 1 x LoughtonFirefighters have been called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving two cars and one lorry. Crews used specialist cutting gear to free one female casualty. The incident was dealt with by 19:12 hrs.
Incident No: 8213
Details: RTC - two trapped
Address: Epping Road, Ongar
Attendance: 1 x Brentwood, 1 x OngarFirefighters are working to release two people trapped following a two vehicle RTC.
Incident No: 8188
Details: Fibre glass mouldings alight
Address: Springwood Industrial Estate, Braintree
Attendance: 2 x Braintree, 1 x Halstead
Firefighters are tackling a fire involving a number of fibre glass mouldings at an art foundry.
The fire has created a large amount of smoke and ECFRS have received dozens of calls to this incident.
Update 11:40hrs: Firefighters in breathing apparatus are using two hose reel jets to tackle the fire. The incident commander reports that the fire involves a number of fibre glass mouldings which are completely alight.
Update: Firefighters extinguished the fire by 11:56hrs using two main jets. Crews have reported that the fire started accidentally.
Incident No: 8135
Details: Chemical Incident
Address: Anerley Road, Westcliff
Attendance: 3 x Southend, 1 x Rayleigh Weir
Firefighters have been called to a chemical incident in a ground floor flat - measuring six metres by 10 metres - which has left two people suffering breathing difficulties.
Update 14:15hrs: It has been confirmed that the occupants of the flat had mixed sulphuric acid and toilet cleaner in the toilet bowl, creating a dangerous gas which affected their breathing.
Firefighters in breathing apparatus have entered the flat and are ventilating it with a positive pressure ventilation fan. The gas does not pose any danger to neighbours.
Firefighters completed their work at the scene by 14:20hrs.
Incident No: 8030
Details: Road traffic collision
Address: M25, Junction 27-26 (anti clockwise carriageway)
Attendance: 1 x Loughton, 2 x BrentwoodFirefighters were called to a road traffic collision involving two vehicles. When they arrived at the scene, crews reported no-one was trapped. They made the vehicles safe before leaving the scene at 19:59 hrs.
Incident No: 8029
Details: Road traffic collision
Address: Knightswick Road, Canvey
Attendance: 1 x Canvey, 1 x Rayleigh WeirCrews were called to assist at the scene ofa road traffic collision involving two vehicles. Firefighters arriving at the scene reported that no-one was trapped. They made the vehicles and roadway safe before leaving the scene.
Incident No: 7993
Details: Chicken Shed Alight
Address: Tudwick Road, Tiptree
Attendance: 1 x tiptree, 1 x Tollesbury
Firefighters are tackling a fire in a chicken shed measuring 80 metres by 20 metres which is 30% alight.
Crews in breathing apparatus are using one hose reel jet to tackle the blaze.
Update 10:37hrs: Crews wearing breathing apparatus have now extinguished the fire using two hose reel jets. Around 300 chickens died in the fire.
An investigation will be carried out to establish the cause.
Incident No: 7947
Details: Lorries and tyres alight
Address: M25, junction 29, Codham Hall Interchange
Attendance: 2 x Brentwood, 2 x Orsett, 1 x Basildon, 1 x water bowser from Chelmsford, 1 x Harold Hill (London FB), 1 x Romford (London FB)Firefighters are tackling a blaze involving 12 lorries and around 100 lorry tyres. Crews arriving at the scene report that the vehicles and tyres are fully engulfed in flames.
The alarm was raised by a security guard on a routine check at the container company premises just off the M25.
Initially three appliances were sent to the scene. But on arrival, the incident commander requested a further two appliances along with the water bowser from Chelmsford for extra water supplies.
At 01:08 hrs, crews in breathing apparatus were using two hose reels and one jet to tackle the blaze with some 45 firefighters involved in firefighting operations.
Once the fire is out, a joint Police and Fire Service investigation will be carried out to establish the cause.
At 01:52 hrs, crews confirm that the fire involving the lorry tyres has now been extinguished using foam and that firefighting operations continue.
At 01:56 hrs, the incident commander reports steady progress in bringing the incident under control. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are using two main jets and two hose reels to tackle the incident.
No local roads have been affected by the incident.
The incident was under control by 02:23 hrs. A relief crew remained at the scene turning over and damping down to extinguish two remaining hotspots. At 05:38, crews reported all appears cool at the scene and left the incident.
Investigtions into the cause are continuing.
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Incident No: 7933
Details: Road traffic collision - two casualties
Address: Baker Street, Orsett, junction with Stanford Road
Attendance: 2 x OrsettFirefighters used specialist cutting equipment to free two casualties trapped in their vehicle following a road traffic collision. Crews had to remove the roof of the vehicle so that the casualties could be removed safely. They were left in the care of the Ambulance Service.
The incident involved two vehicles, though the second did not stop. The incident was dealt with by 19:16 hrs.