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Fire at Wickford industrial unit tackled by 40 firefighters

  • 10-9-2015

About 40 firefighters have been tackling a blaze at an industrial unit in Essex.

The fire broke out in Arterial Road, Wickford, at about 15:50 BST.

The 25m x 30m unit was "well alight" when crews arrived, Essex Fire and Rescue Service said. An aerial ladder is being used to tackle flames.

Henry Comer, who works on a nearby industrial estate, said: "There was an explosion which could be felt on the ground."

It is not yet known whether anyone was injured in the blaze.

Essex Fire Service's incident commander said crews were "making steady progress".

The incident was "scaled back" at 19:45 BST he said, with only four appliances remaining at the scene.

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