Fire sweeps through former Thurrock Tech site in Grays

Update 16 July 18:07hrs: Crews have now fully extinguished the fire.

Update 16 July 15:00hrs: Three fire appliances and crew remain at the incident, firefighters are making steady progress to extinguish the fire.

Update: 0830 hrs

Six fire appliances and crews have remained at the incident throughout the night working to extinguish the fire.

Crews are using two main jets and two ground monitors and steady progress is being made.

Update 23:55hrs: Crews are making steady progress at the incident, fire appliances and crews expect to be at the scene throughout the night.

Update 23:30hrs: Firefighters are using two main jets and a ground monitor to extinguish the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage, ECFRS and Essex Police will carry out an investigation.

Update: 2315 hrs

Road closure: B149 Wood View in Grays closed at the King Edward Drive junction, because of a building fire at derelict building. Also affecting Chadwell Road at Old Dock Approach Road.

Update: 2310 hrs

Essex Fire Service advice: "Residents in the Grays and Tilbury area are advised to close windows,smoke is coming from a derelict college building on fire.

Update: 2245 hrs

Incident Commander – Assistant Divisional Officer Tony Clark reports: "The fire is in a derelict college building.

"Crews are wearing breathing apparatus and using two main jets and one ground monitor to tackle the blaze".

An observer, close to the site, has said that the seat of the fire appeared to be the common room area of the old Tech.

This may be some time.

Essex Police are also on the scene.

Update: 2215 hrs

Essex Fire and Rescue Statement: In attendance: 3 x Grays (1 x aerial ladder platform) 2 x Orsett, 2 x Corringham

Firefighters have been callled to a derelict building on fire at Woodview, Grays.

Crews report the building is 100 percent alight.

Incident: 2100 hrs

THERE ARE reports of a large fire on the site of the old Thurrock Technical College.

YT understands that the fire service were called at just after 8pm on Wednesday night to the site in Wood View in Grays.

Smoke and flames have been seen to be billowing from the site from as far away as Kent.

We understand that both the fire service and the police are on the scene.

South Essex College left the site last year when they opened the new Thurrock campus in Grays.

Since then the site has been under construction for new houses in the area.

More to follow.

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