Fire crews are continuing to battle a huge blaze at a sausage factory that has sent plumes of smoke over an Essex town throughout the day.
Firefighters arrived on the scene just after 5am after reports that a fire had broken out at Riverway Foods at an industrial site in River Way, Harlow.
There were 10 fire engines, with crews from Essex, Hertfordshire and London in attendance by 7.17am.
Six crews remained at the scene on Tuesday afternoon and were still working to extinguish the fire at 3.30pm.
They are tackling it in sections using an aerial ladder platform allowing them to fight the flames from above as well as on the ground.
Dorottya Spanyik said her husband had been working on a nightshift in the industrial unit when fire alarms sounded.
“My husband works there, he was there when the fire started before 6am,” Ms Spanyik told the PA news agency.
“I’m not sure who alerted the fire brigade, because the whole night shift was still there when the fire alarms went off.
“And they are still there, but luckily no personal injury.”
Firefighters have also been working to safely escort staff in the area off of the site.
Area manager Jim Palmer said: “At the height of the fire, we had over 70 firefighters here including aerial appliances and including some of our partners from Hertfordshire.
“We continue to be at the scene operationally firefighting and looking to extinguish all the hotspots. We expect to be here until at least the early evening.
“I would like to pass on my thanks to the communities and the businesses in the area that have been very supportive of our efforts to extinguish this fire.
“I would like to assure you that we look to resolve this as soon as we possibly can and look to let you go about your normal business.
He said River Way remained closed and thanked Essex Police for their assistance.