Homes evacuated as Essex and Suffolk fire crews take on large car workshop blaze near Manningtree

Firefighters from Essex and Suffolk were called to tackle the blaze in Lawford. Picture: ARCHANT LIB

Firefighters from Essex and Suffolk were called to tackle the blaze in Lawford. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY - Credit: Archant

People were asked to leave their homes as fire took hold of four remote outbuildings used as car repair workshops near Manningtree.

A fire that took place during the early hours of the morning of March 3, 2018, at a warehouse on Har

A fire that took place during the early hours of the morning of March 3, 2018, at a warehouse on Harwich Road, Lawford. Picture: MANNINGTREE FIRE STATION - Credit: Manningtree Fire Station

Firefighters from Colchester, Manningtree, Clacton, Dovercourt, Frinton, Halstead and Holbrook were sent to the scene after the alarm was raised at 12.54am.

An all-terrain vehicle and water bowser were also sent to the workshops in Harwich Road, Lawford.

On arrival, crews reported four buildings – measuring about 36 metres by 28m – were involved in the fire and “well alight”.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: “Due to the remote location of the buildings, the officer in charge immediately called for the support of several other fire crews to provide a vital water supply to tackle the fire.


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“As a precaution, firefighters requested that two nearby houses were evacuated. The local authority is supporting this effort to ensure residents are kept a safe distance from the area.”

At 2.24am, the officer in charge reported that the incident had been divided into areas to allow fire crews to surround the building more efficiently.

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By 3.10am, firefighters had managed to isolate the electricity supply and surround the building completely.

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