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100 firefighters tackle huge warehouse blaze

The fire swept through a packaging and distribution warehouse in Basildon Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue

Around 100 firefighters have been tackling a large blaze in a packing and distribution warehouse in Essex.

Fifteen crews from all over South Essex were called to the fire in Basildon just after midnight on Sunday August 20th.

A number of lorries were also caught up in the blaze.

Essex Fire said those first on the scene immediately requested extra crews to help deal with what was a rapidly growing fire.

The warehouse, which is used for packaging and distribution, contained a large amount of stock and the fire took hold very quickly.

Lorries were caught up in the blaze too Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue

Firefighters have done an absolutely brilliant job here this morning. They spotted the fire had started to spread to the large warehouse next door and managed to extinguish the fire very quickly and stopped it spreading. Fire crews had it surrounded and under control very quickly. It is thanks to their hard work that the fire has been contained to the one warehouse".

– Neil Fenwick, Essex Fire and Rescue
Crews from all over South Essex fought the blaze through the night Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue

By 5am the fire was under control, but crews are still at the scene putting out flames and checking for hot spots.