Firefighters tackle blaze at United Kingdom airport

BREAKING NEWS: Explosion near Southend Airport as firefighters rush to the scene

An airport spokesperson said an Air Livery hangar had gone up in smoke, AzVision reports.

Peter Gettings was waiting to board a flight when he noticed the flames.

Essex firefighters were called to the hangar, which is used to livery planes, near the terminal shortly.

Eyewitnesses have reported seeing "thick black smoke" billowing from the hangar understood to be at the far end of the runway at Southend Airport. Six fire engines were requested to help tackle the fire. The officer in charge at the incident reports crews are making good progress'.

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Another airport spokesperson, speaking to the Daily Mail, said: "Essex Fire and Rescue is now dealing with an incident at the Air Livery hanger on the north side of the airfield".

The fire service sent a total of seven crews to the scene from Southend, Rayleigh, Rochford, Shoeburyness, Hawkwell and Chelmsford.

An investigation into the cause is under way, though it is thought it was started accidentally, the fire service said.

No delays have yet been reported from any airline and the airport is open and operating as normal.

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