Deliberate fire destroys garage and fills Colchester street with smoke

Providence Place is off Barrack Street in Colchester. Picture: GOOGLE

Providence Place is off Barrack Street in Colchester. Picture: GOOGLE - Credit: google

A fire which is thought to have been started deliberately caused a garage to be destroyed, neighbouring buildings damaged and smoke to fill an Essex street.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) was called to the fire in Providence Place, off Barrack Street in Colchester, at around 11.15am today.

Crews reported on arrival that the garage, which is behind a restaurant and measures 8mx5, was “completely alight”.

An ECFRS spokesman said firefighters requested the assistance of police to manage traffic on the road while they tackled the fire.

“Due to the amount of smoke, residents of nearby properties were encouraged to keep their windows and doors closed before firefighters extinguished the fire at 11.55am,” the spokesman added.

“The garage has been completely destroyed, while two other garages, positioned either side, have also suffered from fire damage.

“The cause of the fire has been recorded as deliberate.”

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