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Fire in derelict retail store

St Andrews Avenue, Colchester
16/03/2021 @ 17:22
Incident Number: 140729
In attendance: 2 x Colchester, 1 x Brightlingsea, 1 x Wivenhoe


Crews were called to a derelict retail store this afternoon, following reports of a fire. 

On arrival, firefighters reported that the building, which measures around 100m x 30m, was 50% smoke logged and the fire had broken through the roof. 

At 6.30pm Station Manager Scott Meekings said:

"Crews have worked hard to contain the fire and bring it under control. They will now continue searching the building for any further hotspots.

"We expect crews to be on scene for some time until we can be certain the area is completely cooled."

At 7pm the Officer in Charge reported that the fire had been completely extinguished. 

The cause has been recorded as deliberate. 


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