Fire on 8th floor of high rise

Firefighters were called to the scene of a fire on the 8th floor of a high rise building in Chichester Road, Southend. 

Five crews have extinguished a fire in a communal area on the 8th floor. Firefighters are currently working to investigate the cause of the fire.

Group Manager Justin Benson-Ryal said: "Crews worked quickly to get into the building and get the fire under control. Thank you to all the residents who followed the stay put policy within the building, this meant we could access the scene quickly. Crews are working to make the scene and are checking in with residents.

"We anticipate we'll be here for the next hour carrying out a fire investigation so please avoid the area if you can, as traffic is building up."

UPDATE: Friday 22 March

The cause has been recorded as deliberate.

Incident number
Chichester Road, Southend
12.11pm - 21 March 2024