Firefighters were called to a large fire in a industrial yard in Canvey. The yard is made up of a number of businesses, and contained five largeshipping containers (15m x 8m), a large metal warehouse, and several areas of scrap metal and wood.
In attendance: 2 x Canvey, 2 x Basildon, 1 x Rayleigh Weir, 1 x Southend, 1 x Rochford, 1 x Hawkwell, 1 x Maldon, 1 x Orsett, 1 x Corringham, (water bowser), 1 x Billericay (pinzgauer)
The Incident Commander reported that the fire was affecting all five containers, piles of scrap metal and neighbouring field (the field is the size of two football pitches). Crews have divided the area into sections to tackle it.
Essex Police issued the following statement:
“We are currently on the scene of a fire in Northwick Road, Canvey Island.
“We were alerted to the incident by our partners at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service just after 2.35pm.
“The police helicopter was enlisted to assist Essex County Fire and Rescue Service with thermal imaging.
“Several businesses and properties are being evacuated on Northwick Road and the surrounding areas.
“Pedestrians and drivers are advised to avoid the area and seek alternative routes where possible.”
Station Manager Kevin Haywood said:
“Initially we were called to reports of an industrial yard fire, which quickly spread through embers to neighbouring fields.
“The containers had a number of cylinders (approximately 15) meaning that cordons were put in place to protect the surrounding area while firefighters removed and cooled each cylinder to ensure they were safe. No cylinder exploded in the incident.
“We have made good progress in tackling the fire in the yard, and the fire is almost out.
“Crews are continuing to work hard to bring the field fire under control.
“There is still a large amount of smoke around the local area and we advise all local residents to keep doors and windows closed.”
Incident Commander Mark Samuels said:
“Had it not been for the quick actions of our crews the fire would have spread more rapidly and affected more of the industrial estate. Our crews are doing a brilliant job of stoping this further spread and we’re continuing to work hard to bring the incident under control.
“Reports on social media that this is a diesel factory are not true. We are treating this as an industrial yard fire and a field fire.
“We’re also echoing Essex Police’s advice for pedestrians and drivers to avoid the area and seek alternative routes where possible.”
Station Manager Kevin Haywood said:
“Our crews have made great efforts in tackling the fire and gaining control of the incident, which has now been scaled down to five fire engines.
“The field fire is almost out and crews are checking for hot spots and dampening down the area.
“The fire in the containers now out. We found around 15 cylinders inside and outside the cabins. Firefighters removed each one from the affected area and cooled each one to ensure they were safe. Firefighter also had to gain access to each container to check each one was fully extinguished.
“Our partnership working has been extremely effective today, especially with Essex Police who have been a great help in maintaining cordons and controlling traffic to allow us to safely concentrate on the incident.
“We expect to stay the the site for some time into the evening to ensure there are no remaining hot spots.”
The fire is now completely out. The fire has affected all five containers, several piles of scrap metal around the yard, a lorry trailor and a field the size of two football pitches. Firefighters managed to successfully stop the fire from spreading to a neighbouring large metal warehouse which contained a lorry and a number of other vehicles.
Crews will revisit the site later tonight to ensure it is safe and there are no remaining hot spots. Unfortunately, firefighters found one dog which had died in the fire.
An investigation into the cause of the fire will take place in due course.