Firefighters tackle large blaze at industrial estate near Braintree

Firefighters have been called to a big fire at an industrial estate in Essex.

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Dozens of firefighters at Essex industrial estate blaze

Dozens of firefighters are tackling the fire at Earls Colne near Braintree Credit: Essex Fire & Rescue Service

Eleven crews have been tackling a large fire at an industrial estate in Essex this evening.

Smoke could be seen for several miles from the estate at Lancaster Way in Earls Colne near Braintree.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service say it broke out in a builders yard at about 5 o'clock. Wooden pallets, tar and roofing have been on fire.

Lancaster Way, Earls Colne Credit: Essex Fire & Rescue Service

Three crews from Halstead, 1 from Coggeshall, Witham, Wivenhoe, Chelmsford, two from Colchester and two from Sudbury were called to the scene.

An aerial ladder platform has been used to pour water on the fire from above.

Crews are now bringing the fire under control and reducing back to three fire engines.

"Crews have done an excellent job to stop this fire spreading to neighbouring businesses. When crews arrived, the fire was well developed. Crews quickly got to work tackling the fire in multiple fronts and got the whole area surrounded. The fire is almost out, and crews are extinguishing the remaining hot spots. We have scaled the incident back to three fire engines who will remain at the incident dampening down."

– Incident Commander Terry Povey

Watch footage of the fire filmed by Essex Fire & Rescue Service

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