Update: Statement from Fire Service
Two crews from Grays were called to reports of a fire in the open last night (Friday 17 August).
On arrival firefighters reported that there was a well developed fire in an outbuilding, which was used as a hair salon, and quickly brought it under control.
Firefighters then used positive pressure ventilation (PPV) fans to clear a nearby house of smoke which had become smoke logged during the incident.
The outbuilding has been completely destroyed.
The cause of the fire has been recorded as deliberate.
ESSEX Police are appealing for information about an arson at Haart Estate Agents, in Orsett Road, Grays, at around 11.30pm yesterday, Friday, August 17.
A police spokesperson said: “We were called by the fire service following a fire at a garage at the back of the shop which was started deliberately.
“We attended but the suspects had already left the scene. We have seized bottles and items believed to have been used as an accelerate.
“We would like to hear from anyone who has information, CCTV or dash cam footage to contact Grays CID quoting incident 1471 of 17/08 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800