Two warehouse units have been destroyed following a major fire at an industrial estate in Braintree.
Firefighters from across the county were called to the 80m x 30m warehouse on Springwood Drive just before 5.30am and found the building engulfed in flames.
Two of the units, which were used to store vehicles and furniture, were damaged beyond repair but crews did manage to save a further two units.
Local residents were warned to keep their doors and windows closed due to the large amount of smoke being produced and the police closed a number of roads in the area.
Loud bangs were also heard inside the building as a result of tyres and cylinders exploding.
An investigation into how the fire started is now underway.