Fire crews battling blaze at Southend Airport aircraft hangar

Southend Airport

Firefighters are tackling an aircraft hangar blaze at Southend Airport.

Six fire engines attended the fire on Wednesday morning.

A spokesman for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said the airport is running as usual.

A statement said: “Firefighters are using an aerial ladder platform (ALP) to pour water on the large building from above. The officer in charge at the incident reports crews are making good progress.”

Pictures shared on social media showed black smoke coming from the large building.

Emergency services at the Air Livery hangar (Joe Giddens/PA)

A statement from the airport said: “Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is currently dealing with an incident at the Air Livery hanger on the north side of the airfield. London Southend Airport is still open and operating as normal”.

The hangar did not have any planes inside when the fire broke out, the fire service said.

A later statement said: “Firefighters have almost extinguished the fire. Firefighters are using thermal imaging cameras to find remaining hot spots which they will then dampen down to ensure they are fully cooled and extinguished.”