A blaze has broken out near Southend Airport after a hangar caught fire – with a witness reporting an “explosion”. Essex firefighters were called to the hangar, which is used to livery planes, near the terminal shortly after 10.40am today and believe the fire was caused “accidentally”.
Pictures quickly emerged on social media showing thick plumes of black smoke billowing above the airport. It’s thought there wasn’t any aircraft inside the building at the time of the fire, and the airport is still operating as normal. Early reports from an eyewitness suggested they had heard an “explosion”, while others denied hearing a bang.
An Essex Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “When firefighters arrived at the scene they reported the large hangar, which is used to livery aeroplanes, was on fire. Six fire engines were requested to help tackle the fire. Firefighters are using a aerial ladder platform to pour water on the large building from above.” The spokesman added: “A full investigation will be carried out to find the cause of the fire, however at this stage we believe the fire started accidentally.”