ESSEX Firefighters were called to reports of a fire affecting three buildings this evening.
On arrival, crews advised that three single storey buildings were alight. One of the buildings, a restaurant measuring approximately 60 metres by 20 metres, was completely on fire.
The fire was also affecting two nearby domestic properties, which were approximately 30% alight.
At 9.45pm, the officer in charge reported that firefighters had divided the incident into two sectors, to ensure they can surround and contain the fire as efficiently as possible.
At 10.10pm, the officer in charge confirmed the fire had been extinguished. Crews are continuing to dampen down the structures of the buildings and the surrounding areas to ensure there is no risk of reignition.
Firefighters left the scene at 11.30pm.
A fire investigation will go ahead to establish the cause of the fire.
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