Chemicals involved in factory fire

FIREFIGHTERS attended a partially demolished factory after a blaze broke out which involved cylinders of chemicals, in Westcliff, Essex. Crews were called to the factory, in Salisbury Avenue, at 8.

FIREFIGHTERS attended a partially demolished factory after a blaze broke out which involved cylinders of chemicals, in Westcliff, Essex.

Crews were called to the factory, in Salisbury Avenue, at 8.30pm yesterday and were confronted with a fire that they believe involves a quantity of corrosive chemicals and cylinders.

Firefighters put cooling jets of water on to the cylinders and tackled the fire from a safe distance until it was put out at 10pm.

Crews returned to the scene at 6am today and discovered that the drums of chemical had melted, the chemicals had mixed in and been diluted with the water used for firefighting and were not causing a hazard.

Specialist hazardous chemical fire officers were called during the incident and residents in the area were advised to stay in doors and keep there windows closed.