Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire at industrial unit

East Point, Harlow
07/09/2019 @ 04:50
Incident Number: 108438
In attendance: 2 x Harlow, 1 x Old Harlow, 1 x Chelmsford (Aerial Ladder Platform), 2 x Hertfordshire Fire Service

Firefighters were called to multiple reports of a fire within an industrial unit in Harlow this morning.

On arrival, crews confirmed that the unit was well alight. The officer in charge requested the support of an aerial ladder platform to allow firefighters to spray water on to the building and assess the extent of the fire from height.

At 6am, the officer in charge advised that the incident had been divided into two sectors to allow firefighters to effectively manage it from two different points.

The fire was out by 6.30am. The build-up of smoke was being allowed to clear naturally from the premises, which are two-storeys and measure approximately 35 metres by 20 metres.

At 7am, firefighters were continuing to monitor the building from an external position. Firefighters continued to use the aerial ladder platform to assess the building and ensure it was structurally safe to enter.

At 8.30am, crews were continuing to stand by while assessments on the building continued. The scene was well under control.

An investigation found that the fire was caused accidentally by a fault within an industrial oven.

Fortunately, due to the hard work of the firefighters, damage was restricted to the unit the fire started in - leaving three adjacent ones within the same building unaffected.


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