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Fire at council building halts meeting

Date: 27 July 2012

Fire evacuation at Civic Offices

Last night (26 July) Thurrock Council’s Civic Offices in Grays were evacuated due to a fire alarm.

Smoke set off the alarms and an orderly evacuation of the building – including a meeting of the planning committee – was held.

The council’s chief executive Graham Farrant was at planning. He said: “Although there was disruption, the council’s well-practised emergency procedures worked well.

“There was no fire, no flames, and nobody was injured.”

The alarm sounded at around 8.35pm when councillors, staff and members of the public were swiftly and safely evacuated from the New Road, Grays building.

The Essex Fire and Rescue Service were quickly at the scene but found no fire, although there was a strong smell of smoke and burning.

After investigation the fault was traced to a circuit in the boiler room which had been triggered by excessive heat.

The fire service deemed the building safe at 10.05pm.

Mr Farrant added: “We must thank both the council’s security team and the fire service for the way the situation was managed.”

Despite last night’s disruption, the Civic Offices are open as usual on Friday morning,

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