Essex fire: Huge plume of smoke rises near Lakeside Shopping Centre as blaze rages


The fire broke out on an industrial unit in Motherwell Way, Thurrock. Essex Fire Service has confirmed that firefighters are currently on the scene. They have advised people living int he loyal area to keep their windows and doors closed, warning of “lots of smoke coming from the scene”.

On arrival, crews reported that an industrial unit – measuring 20 metres by 40 metres – was heavily smoke logged.

Essex Fire Service said fire crews are “making steady progress to extinguish the fire in sections”.

An eyewitness, Andy Beasley (@andybeasley1963) shared a video of the smoke on social media, writing: “Part off Lakeside Essex going up in flames this morning”.

He added: “No doubt roads will be murder soon”.

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