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Cause of ‘devastating’ fire which destroyed five beach huts remains unknown

PUBLISHED: 17:16 01 June 2020 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 June 2020

The fire at Wrabness beach destroyed five beach huts and damaged two others, leaving owners devastated. Picture: MATT COLEMAN

The fire at Wrabness beach destroyed five beach huts and damaged two others, leaving owners devastated. Picture: MATT COLEMAN

Picture: MATT COLEMAN

A private beach in Wrabness remains cordoned off following a fire which destroyed five beach huts and damaged another two.

The beach hut fire in Wrabness was spotted as far away as Church Road. Picture: NICHOLA MOFFATThe beach hut fire in Wrabness was spotted as far away as Church Road. Picture: NICHOLA MOFFAT

Firefighters were called to the blaze shortly after 10pm last night and remained on scene in the early hours of this morning.

A spokeswoman for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: “On arrival, crews reported that five beach huts were alight and worked to extinguish the fire by 1.35am.

“All five beach huts were destroyed and an investigation into the cause of the fire found it was accidental or deliberate, both possibilities.”

The private beach in Wrabness is owned by Balhaven Limited, who have closed the foreshore following the tragic fire.

Five beach huts were completely destroyed by the fire in Wrabness, near Manningtree. Picture: MATT COLEMANFive beach huts were completely destroyed by the fire in Wrabness, near Manningtree. Picture: MATT COLEMAN

A spokeswoman for Balhaven said: “As you can imagine, hut owners are totally devastated.

“The fire completely destroyed five beach huts and damaged a further two.

“We have closed the beach and a police cordon is in place as it is considered a health and safety hazard, due to the gas cylinders and broken glass. The beach is closed until further notice while investigations into the cause continues.”

Balhaven said that four fire engines from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service were sent to the scene, spending hours getting the blaze under control.

People have been reacting to the sad news on Facebook, with many expressing their sympathy for those affected by the blaze.

Wrabness Community Shop and Cafe said: “To all the hut owners and beach community affected by the terrible fire last night, we would like to send our love and kindest thoughts.

“We are thinking of you at this truly sad and terrible time.”


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