Essex fire service: Grays Wood blaze "an accident"

A FIRE which destroyed a family timber business, forcing 40 nearby residents to flee their homes, was started accidentally.

The “inferno”, broke out in Grays Wood, a timber products shop, on Stanley Road, Grays, just before 6pm on Tuesday night.

Fire crews from across south Essex were called to the scene, asking neighbouring residents to evacuate their homes and head for the nearby

Thameside Theatre, which had been set up as temporary refuge.

The blaze was so intense that at one point, the 50 firefighters who battled it for more than three hours, were forced to withdraw to a safer distance.

There had been fears the fire would spread into adjoining terrace houses, but crews braved the flames, which were 30-foot high at times, to contain it. One property, converted into two flats, suffered fire and water damage as a result.

Diversions were put in place, with Stanley Road closed until midday on Wednesday.

An investigation by Essex fire service at daybreak on Wednesday found the fire had been started accidentally.

One resident, Marion Hall, of Bedford Road, was reluctant to evacuate her home but was forced outside as smoke began wafting into the house.

She said: “A police officer asked us to go to the Thameside Theatre and most families who had young children did. But I didn’t want to, this is my home.

“At first, it was scary. I only had to step outside my front door to see the height of the flames.

“I didn’t want to be here early on, but once they had got it under control, it was ok.

“The saddest thing is that that’s somebody’s business, and it’s gone.”

Essex fire service confirmed that a fire at Grays Beach cafe was started on purpose. Arsonists set fire to recycling bins outside the cafe, which spread.
 

 

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2:03pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Mamma Mia says...

Is our fine Fire Brigade absolutely certain this was an accident? As any conscious person in Thurrock will know, there has been a spate of fires in the borough over the past few weeks and maybe we have a budding arsonist on our hands?
Is our fine Fire Brigade absolutely certain this was an accident? As any conscious person in Thurrock will know, there has been a spate of fires in the borough over the past few weeks and maybe we have a budding arsonist on our hands? Mamma Mia
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4:16pm Thu 8 Nov 12

sooty31 says...

i must agree with mamma mia on the fires in grays recently seems like too much of a coincidence to me but i am sure the Fire Brigade with investigate all
these fires carefully.
i must agree with mamma mia on the fires in grays recently seems like too much of a coincidence to me but i am sure the Fire Brigade with investigate all these fires carefully. sooty31
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8:19pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Mr Disgusted says...

I feel that they might got this wrong!!!!!but as the shop was closed and all windows are closed in as is doors but a fire started inside on it's own!!!!!!!sorry but I got to agree with both Mamma Mia and Sooty31 something sounds funny bout this!!!!!
I feel that they might got this wrong!!!!!but as the shop was closed and all windows are closed in as is doors but a fire started inside on it's own!!!!!!!sorry but I got to agree with both Mamma Mia and Sooty31 something sounds funny bout this!!!!! Mr Disgusted
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9:12pm Thu 8 Nov 12

DannyButcher says...

Do we not have enough conspiracy theories already?

The Fire Brigade have fully trained fire investigators, and if they say it was an accident, chances are it was an accident.

If there was any doubt, I don't think the verdict would have been released so soon.
Do we not have enough conspiracy theories already? The Fire Brigade have fully trained fire investigators, and if they say it was an accident, chances are it was an accident. If there was any doubt, I don't think the verdict would have been released so soon. DannyButcher
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9:29pm Thu 8 Nov 12

rogwj says...

I agree DannyB. I am quite confident that if Fire Service investigators say that this was an accident, it was an accident. I would put it down to coincidence that it occurred around the same time as other local "high-profile" fires.
I agree DannyB. I am quite confident that if Fire Service investigators say that this was an accident, it was an accident. I would put it down to coincidence that it occurred around the same time as other local "high-profile" fires. rogwj
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1:52pm Fri 9 Nov 12

d_2da_ougle says...

i am having my self a little chuckle fire investigators dont work on assumptions, what they do before they can come to a conculsion is based solely on science and tests, and then we got these armchair detectives whos only experiance comes from using a bunsen burner back at school in the 70's. hmmmmm who do i want to believe
i am having my self a little chuckle fire investigators dont work on assumptions, what they do before they can come to a conculsion is based solely on science and tests, and then we got these armchair detectives whos only experiance comes from using a bunsen burner back at school in the 70's. hmmmmm who do i want to believe d_2da_ougle
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3:31pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Grayswood says...

Despite losing the shop we are still open in the yard opposite.
Despite losing the shop we are still open in the yard opposite. Grayswood
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