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100 firefighters bring huge Essex warehouse blaze under control

The site was used for packaging and distribution and the fire took hold very quickly.

A huge fire at a packaging warehouse has been brought under control, Essex Fire Service said.

Around 100 firefighters tackled the blaze as it tore through the building on Festival Way in Basildon.

The warehouse was “completely alight”, with flames also affecting a neighbouring industrial unit.

But officer in charge Neil Fenwick said crews had acted quickly and prevented the spread of the fire.

He said: “The warehouse, which we believe is used for packaging and distribution, contained a large amount of stock and the fire took hold very quickly.

“Firefighters have done an absolutely brilliant job here this morning. They spotted the fire had started to spread to the large warehouse next door and managed to extinguish the fire very quickly and stopped the fire spreading.”

Eight fire engines remain at the scene, along with firefighters who are continuing to extinguish the flames.

Essex Police said there are not believed to be any casualties.

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