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Fire in large derelict building

The Leas, Westcliff-on-Sea
18/05/2018 @ 23:04
Incident Number: 77611
In attendance: 2 x Southend, 1 x Leigh, 1 x Rayleigh Weir, 1 x Rochford, 1 x Grays (Aerial Ladder Platform), 1 x Basildon


Firefighters were called to reports of a fire in the roof of a three-storey derelict building this evening.

On arrival crews reported that approximately half of the roof space of the building, which is semi-detached and measures around 8 metres by 10 metres, was alight.

Police officers also assisted at the scene with traffic control due to the proximity to the road.

At 0.30am, the Incident Commander reported that the roof of the building remained well alight and that the fire had also spread to the first floor. The incident was divided into three sectors, to allow firefighters to effectively surround the fire.

Firefighters were continuing to tackle the fire at 1.30am. Crews used an Aerial Ladder Platform to allow them to access the roof space and spray water on the building from height.

At 2.30am, the incident was being scaled down and the fire was under control. Three fire engines remained at the scene while fire crews dampened down hotspots within the roof structure of the building.

Incident Commander Craig McLellan said: "Firefighters have responded incredibly well tonight to prevent what could have easily become a very intense fire that spread to neighbouring properties.

"While this building has been derelict for some years, the properties adjacent to it are occupied and crews have overcome very difficult circumstances to prevent them being badly damaged."

We believe this fire was caused deliberately.

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