FIRE Crews were called to a car fire on the ground floor of a multi-storey car park in Lakeside Shopping Centre, Grays.
At 1.40pm firefighters confirmed that nine cars had been affected and the fire had been extinguished.
Watch Manager Mark Hampton said:
“The fire started when a moving car began producing smoke and caught alight.
“Thankfully the driver and his family evacuated the area quickly as the fire began to spread to nearby cars.
“When our crews arrived there were about nine cars affected by the fire and our firefighters did a great job of stopping the fire spreading any further.”
One man at the scene suffered from smoke inhalation.
The car park has suffered smoke and fire damage and seven cars have been destroyed.
ESSEX Fire Service: “We’ve just been called to a car fire at a multi story at intu Lakeside. The car park affected is the one closest to House of Fraser.
Please avoid the area while we deal with the fire. Full info here: crowd.in/KZFX0e