FIREFIGHTERS were called to a fire involving a number of Iso containers at a storage yard in Aveley this evening (Tuesday 4 August).
Six fire engines and a number of specialist fire engines (including a water bowser, hose layer and high volume pump) were called to assist at the scene of the fire on Romford Road in Aveley.
Firefighters reported that the yard had around 60 containers which were involved in the fire. The contents of the containers is unknown, but there is evidence that a number of them contain fireworks.
A safety corden was quickly established around the incident and Essex Police assisted in evacuating the immediate area.
Update 1:30am – Firefighters at the scene have reported that they are using a drone to get an overview of the fire and incident ground. Firefighters are monitoring the fire from a safe distance due to the unknown contents of the containers and the presence of fireworks.
Romford Road has also been closed to all traffic as a safety precaution.
Firefighters are working to establish additional sources of water from nearby lakes. Firefighters will use specialist high volume pumps and extra hoses will be used to pump the water to the incident ground when required.
The size of the fire has significantly reduced. A number of fire engines have now left the incident. It is expected that firefighters will be needed on scene for an extended amount of time.
Update 5am – The initial exclusion zone has been reduced and everyone evacuated has returned to their homes. Four fire engines remain at the scene of the fire.
Update 6:30am – Firefighters are making good progress tackling the fire. Fire crews are using a number of hoses to tackle the fire and are in the process of opening each container to extinguish the fire. Due to the amount of water now being used on the fire and the opening of containers, local residents may see a temporary increase in the amount of smoke this morning.
Firefighters are urging everyone to continue to avoid the area while they tackle the fire. It is expected that firefighters will at the scene for the rest of the day.