Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Fire in woodchip at Tilbury Dock expected to burn for several days

Firefighters have been tackling a blaze in a large warehouse at the Port of Tilbury since late last night.

Essex Fire and Rescue was called at midnight and told about 1,500 tonnes of woodchip was alight in a warehouse that measures 320ft by 150ft (100m by 30m).

Tilbury Dock

Crews are expected to be at the scene for several days.

"The fire is completely restricted to the building and the level of smoke in the nearby area is minimal," a fire service spokesman said.

"Because the fire is so deeply positioned within the pile, firefighters are supporting the building's personnel in using internal cranes to move the materials.

"This is a gradual process and crews expect to remain at the scene for a number of days."

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M11 closed between Duxford and Bishop's Stortford after fire

A stretch of the M11 is closed after a lorry fire.

Lorry fire on M11
Essex fire and rescue

Essex Fire Service said a lorry transporting about 40 tonnes of hay caught fire and the whole of the vehicle was alight.

Resurfacing works are currently taking place after the blaze which happened at about 17:00 yesterday.

Lorry fire on M11
Essex Fire and Rescue

The northbound carriageway remains closed between junction 8 for Bishop's Stortford and junction 10 for Duxford.

An investigation will take place to determine the cause of the fire, the fire service said.

Pupils moved to hotel after nearby house fire

Fire crews are still at the scene of a house fire near a primary school in Waltham Abbey.

house fire Waltham Abbey
Ongar Fire Station

The fire service was called to Honey Lane at about 11:40.

The house is close to Leverton Primary School, where staff and pupils were kept inside.

Police say pupils have now been transferred to the Marriot Hotel in Old Shire Lane for parents to collect them at home time.

The roads around the area remain closed.

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