Essex

Investigation into fire at Bradwell petrol station

The aftermath of the fire at the petrol station in Bradwell
Image caption Firefighters took about two hours to put out the fire at the shop

An investigation has begun into the cause of a fire which destroyed a shop at a petrol station forecourt in Essex.

Three fire crews were called to the blaze at the BP garage on the A120 in Bradwell, near Coggeshall, at 04:53 BST on Sunday.

They managed to prevent the fire from spreading to the petrol pumps and the fire was put out two hours later.

A spokesperson from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service described the fire as "intense".

Incident commander, station officer Steve Wintrip, said: "Crews were driven back by the heat and severity of fire.

"[They] did an excellent job tackling the fire in arduous conditions and prevented the fire from spreading to the petrol pumps and the canopy covering the forecourt."

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