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Port of Tilbury fire brought under control following grain silo explosion

Firefighters are at the scene (credit: Mark Cameron) 

Firefighters have brought a blaze under control following an explosion at the Port of Tilbury. 

The blast destroyed the roof of the grain terminal shortly before 10am today. 

Crews brought the fire under control by 12pm, however, the grain is still smoldering. 

Smoke was seen coming from the silo (credit: Tony Agg)

Two crews, from Grays and Orsett, remain at the scene and are working with site managers to remove the unaffected grain from the silo so it does not ignite. 

They are also liasing with the Port of Tilbury Police to allow businesses back to their premises at the appropriate time. 

There have been no reported injuries. 

“Thanks to the hard work of the crews, we extinguished the main fire quickly,” said Watch Manager Dave Bond. 

“We’ve now reduced the number of crews needed to two, and these firefighters will continue to dampen down a smouldering fire in the top of the grain silo.”

The roof of the grain silo was damaged during the blast (credit: Tony Agg)

A spokesperson from the Port of Tilbury said: “Earlier this morning, there was an explosion at the grain terminal within the Port of Tilbury. We can confirm that no-one was injured.

“The situation at the grain terminal has now been stabilised and the site is not viewed as posing any immediate further risk. The cause of the explosion will now be the subject of a detailed investigation by the relevant authorities and it will be some time until the results of that investigation are known.

“Our thanks go out to the emergency services and our own team members who attended this incident so quickly.

“The remainder of the port is now fully operational once more.”

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