Wennington firefighters among those called to diesel tank blaze at Vopak Terminal, West Thurrock

Fire crews, including one from Wennington, were called to help put out the blaze yesterday (photo: E

Fire crews, including one from Wennington, were called to help put out the blaze yesterday (photo: Essex Fire Brigade) - Credit: Archant

A crew from Wennington Fire Station was called to help with a storage tank blaze in West Thurrock.

Fire crews, including one from Wennington, were called to help put out the blaze yesterday (photo: E

Fire crews, including one from Wennington, were called to help put out the blaze yesterday (photo: Essex Fire Brigade) - Credit: Archant

They were among 60 firefighters sent to the scene at the Vopak Terminal in Oliver Road yesterday.

The fire started in an empty diesel tank at about 3.30pm. Fire crews were on the scene for about four hours.

Ian Cochrane, managing director of Vopak Terminals UK, said: “We have had a fire during maintenance work on what I have to stress was an empty tank. No oil products were on fire and the smouldering materials were extinguished promptly.

“Safety is a high priority for us and our procedures worked smoothly.


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“I would like to thank local emergency for their fast and very reassuring response.”

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