Essex: Buildings evacuated after workshop blaze

Buildings had to be evacuated following a fire at a carpentry workshop in an Essex village.

Seven fire engines were called to the workshop in Middleton Road in Middleton, near Sudbury, at 12.43pm today.

A spokeswoman for the Essex Fire Service said: “The officer in charge reported that on arrival the building was 90 per cent alight.

“Nearby buildings were evacuated and a safety zone established because of the risks posed by asbestos which wad involved in the fire. Crews used three jets to tackle the fire.”

The fire was extinguished by 2.37pm. A full investigation will now take place to establish the cause of the fire.

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Crews remained at the scene to damp down the building.

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