Inferno caused by 160,000 litres of cooking oil

Essex firefighters battled for five hours today to put out a major blaze involving 160,000 litres of cooking oils and other catering industry materials.

Emergency services were alerted to the fire at dawn after cooking oil in a number of containers caught fire in a storage yard.

The severity of the incident at Little Warley led to more than 65 fire officers from nine different stations being called upon to bring the blaze under control.

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The Electricity and Water Boards were also asked to attend, along with the Environment Agency.

Commander divisional officer, Mark Samuels, said: “Firefighters have been aggressively fighting the fire with foam. This is a recycling yard that recycles various types of used oils, hence the intensity of the fire.”

Fire crews were still on site more than 12 hours after the blaze started, damping down to make sure that not hotspots remain.

The company which owns the storage facility had not been named at the time of writing.

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