Derelict pub fire
High Street, Canvey Island
10/07/2019 @ 19:21
Incident Number: 104180
In attendance: 1 x Leigh, 1 x Rayleigh Weir, 1 x Hawkwell, 1 x Basildon, 1 x Canvey Island, 1 x Billericay, 1 x Grays (Aerial Ladder Platform)
Firefighters were called to the scene of a derelict pub fire this evening.
On arrival crews advised the building, which measures approximately 30 metres by 20 metres, was well alight.
The officer in charge immediately requested the support of an Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) to allow firefighters to spray water on the building from height.
At 8pm, the Officer in Charge reported that 100% of the roof and much of the first floor was on fire.
At 8.45pm, the Officer in Charge advised that the fire was surrounded. Crews expected to remain at the scene for several hours due to the scale of the fire.
At 10pm, steady progress was being made. The incident has been sectorised - meaning firefighters are working in three different areas at the scene to control the fire.
At 10.30pm, the Officer in Charge advised that the incident will soon be downgraded to three fire engines and an ALP, but expected firefighting to continue throughout the night.
At 4.47am, the Officer in Charge reported that the fire was fully extinguished and all appeared cool at the scene.
Due to concerns regarding the structural integrity of the building following the fire, it was deemed unsafe to complete a full investigation into the cause. Both accidental and deliberate are therefore possibilities.
Essex Police statement:
"We are investigating following a fire at a derelict Admiral Jellico pub on Canvey Island.
"The fire service called us to the site on the High Street at around 7.25pm on Wednesday 10 July.
"Due to the state of the building and the fire it has so far not been safe for a comprehensive search to be carried out.
"A cordon has been put in place around the area but no neighbouring buildings have had to be evacuated.
"We are liaising with the fire service to establish the cause.
"We need anyone who saw anything, has dash cam or CCTV footage, or has any other information to call us on 101 quoting incident 1127 of 10 July or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."