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Crews tackling blaze after fireworks catch fire in Aveley storage yard

Crews are using a nearby lake to pump additional water onto the blaze (credit: Essex Fire Service)

Firefighters are tackling a large blaze at a storage yard in Aveley. 

Around 60 large containers, some of which contained fireworks, caught fire in Romford Road at around 9.30pm last night. 

Six fire engines and several specialist fire engines, equipped with a water bowser, hose layer and high volume pump, were sent to combat the blaze.

Essex Police helped establish a cordon around the scene and evacuated the immediate area. 

At least 15 containers have been destroyed (Essex Fire Service)

At around 1.30am today, firefighters began using a drone to establish an overview of the blaze.

They initially had to monitor the fire from a safe distance as it was unclear what was inside some of the containers. 

Crews also worked to establish additional sources of water from nearby lakes and used high volume pumps and extra hoses to tackle the fire. 

This morning, crews used nearby lakes to provide additional water for high volume pumps which were used to tackle the fire. 

“Firefighters are still working hard to extinguish the fire,” said Station Manager, Tim Rickard.

“Crews are using cutting equipment to get access to the containers which have been affected by the fire. It’s important we get into each container to make sure all the contents are full cooled and there are no hot spots.

“At the moment it looks like around 15 containers have been destroyed in the fire. The scaffolding yard has also been destroyed along with a number of vehicles which were parked here.”

Crews were called to Romford Road last night (credit: Essex Fire Service)

Due to the high amount of water being used, residents may have seen a temporary increase in the amount of smoke rising from the scene this morning. 

Firefighters are urging everyone to continue to avoid the area while they tackle the fire. It is expected that crews will at the scene for the rest of the day.

Romford Road has been closed to all traffic as a safety precaution. 

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