Basildon blaze devastates food warehouse

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A food warehouse in Basildon was recently destroyed by a fire that occurred overnight on August 29. The inferno saw multiple fire crews on site tackling the blaze, which lasted hours.

The large-scale fire that took place at the Kent Foods warehouse on Basildon’s Christopher Martin Road was attended by 16 individual fire crews. Aerial video footage of the incident revealed flames ripping through the building used for food storage. As large quantities of oils and sugar were kept on site, the blaze proved difficult for the crews to put out.

Owners of industrial properties like factories and warehouses must conduct a complete fire risk assessment to comply with UK government regulations. Such an assessment can commonly involve the installation of both fire and smoke alarms. Enterprises booking a smoke alarm fitter in Chester, Basildon and other areas around the UK must ensure they select a qualified professional to install devices with the correct skills for the task.

Reports from local residents stated that multiple firms nearby were required to evacuate because of the fire. Crews came from multiple stations, including Chelmsford, Basildon, Billericay, Wickford, Orsett, Leigh and Corringham, equipped with Aerial Ladder Platforms (ALP).

The expansive fire created large quantities of black smoke, and fire and rescue services at the scene advised nearby homeowners to remain inside their properties and ensure all doors and windows were kept closed. Crews tackled the fire through Saturday night and were still on site at 7am on Sunday.

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