Colchester: Firefighters tackle blaze in derelict building

Firefighters spent over two hours tackling a blaze in a derelict building in Colchester this evening.

Crews were called to the incident at Bridge House in Hythe Quay at 5.30pm.

Five fire engines were called to the blaze including two crews from Colchester as well as engines from Clacton, Coggeshall and Wivenhoe.

On arrival crews found that the second floor of the three-storey building was well alight.

Firefighters used three main jets and an aerial ladder platform to tackle the blaze.

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Crews also wore two sets of breathing apparatus and used two ground monitors and an aerial ladder platform monitor during the incident.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire at 7.31pm but stayed at the scene to damp down the building.

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A spokesman for the Essex Fire Service said that a full investigation would be carried out to establish the cause of the fire.

Nobody was injured during the incident.

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