ESSEX Firefighters were called to a fire in a derelict building in Chadwell St Mary this afternoon (Saturday 3 August).
When fire crews arrived, they reported that the building measured approximately 20m x 20m. The whole building was on fire.
Firefighters managed to get the fire under control and surrounded by 8pm. The incident was then under control enough to start to release a number of fire engines.
Firefighters extinguished the fire by 9pm, and remained on site to ensure all hot spots within the building were detected and fully cooled.
The cause of the fire is thought to be deliberate.