Essex fire: Flames engulf Basildon packaging warehouse

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At its height about 100 firefighters tackled the blaze

A huge fire broke out overnight at a packaging warehouse in Essex.

At its height, about 100 firefighters tackled the blaze at the building in Festival Way, Basildon.

Residents reported hearing two “massive explosions” and seeing “plumes of thick smoke” at about 00:20 BST.

A spokesman for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said it had been working “extremely hard in tough conditions” to bring the blaze under control. No casualties have been reported.

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Essex Police said there were not believed to be any casualties

The officer in charge, Neil Fenwick, said: “Crews have done a brilliant job stopping the fire from spreading.”

Locals tweeted that large clouds of smoke could be seen above the building, which the fire service said measured about 100m x 50m.

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