1,150 evacuated during nightclub fire

Liquid & Envy
Liquid & Envy in Basildon Photo: ITV Anglia

More than a thousand people were evacuated from a nightclub in Essex last night after a fire broke out in the ceiling.

Four crews were called to Liquid & Envy on Festival Leisure Park in Basildon at just before 2am. One woman was treated for smoke inhalation, and a man was treated for burns to his arms.

Police are now investigating how the fire started.

"Some 1,100 people were being evacuated from the building as crews arrived at the scene and fortunately there were no major injuries.

"The fire has damaged the staging area and some of the internal furnishings in one area of the nightclub. It is too early to say what caused the incident but we will be looking into that now the fire is out."

– DIVISIONAL OFFICER STUART MCMILLIAN, ESSEX FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE