Maldon Factory Fire Pictures
See the pictures from the Maldon factory fire.
1. Maldon Factory Fire
The fire broke out at the premises of Sil-Die in Fullbridge, Maldon at lunchtime on Tuesday 8th February. Pictures: Essex Fire and Rescue
2. Maldon Factory Fire
Forty firefighters from Maldon, Witham, Chelmsford and South Woodham Ferrers tackled the flames.
3. Maldon Factory Fire
Two phosphorus tanks exploded causing a shower of bright white sparks.
4. Maldon Factory Fire
Smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles around.
5. Maldon Factory Fire
There were no injuries but two emergency reception centres were set up for people unable to get home.
6. Maldon Factory Fire
Fire crews were expected to be at the scene of the blaze throughout the night.
7. Maldon Factory Fire
Assistant Divisional Officer Nigel Dilley said: "Firefighters have gone into a defensive firefighting mode as it's too dangerous for them to go inside the building. They are using the aerial ladder platform and two jets, protecting surrounding risks. Since the tanks exploded things have calmed down quite a lot. "The chemicals are making things difficult for crews as we cannot mix water with them because of the reaction so we are making sure the fire doesn't spread and keeping on top of it."