A HUGE fire ripped through a crane at a docks in south Essex.

Essex firefighters were called to reports of a fire involving a crane at Tilbury docks on Saturday afternoon.

On arrival at 3.55pm, crews confirmed that a dockside crane was completely alight.

Pictures from the scene show the crane on fire in various places, and then blackened and burnt out after firefighters put out the flames.

Thurrock Gazette:

The burnt out crane

A spokesman for the fire service said: "To prevent fuel reaching the open water, a sandbank was created using an on-site mechanical digger.

"The fire was extinguished completely by 5.30pm.

"We believe the fire was caused accidentally by an electrical fault."