Fire at Lakeside Shopping Centre Causes Significant Damage to Car Park

Fire at Lakeside Shopping Centre Causes Significant Damage to Car Park

Blaze at Lakeside Shopping Centre Causes Major Damage

A fire broke out at Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock near the Dartford Crossing this afternoon, causing significant damage to the popular shopping destination’s car park.

Emergency services quickly responded to the scene, with images circulating on social media showing flames and thick smoke billowing through the car park’s roof. The blaze was believed to have started around 3pm and was reportedly contained by 3:25pm.

According to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, the fire originated in a stairwell within the car park. An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the fire.

As a precautionary measure, car park A has been temporarily closed, as stated on the shopping centre’s website.

Firefighters from Grays, Corringham, and Brentwood were called to the scene and have been praised for their swift action in preventing the fire from spreading further. Watch manager Danny Harper commented, “Crews have done a great job and have quickly stopped the fire from spreading further. We believe the fire started in the stairwell on the roof. Fortunately, there were no cars on this level, so no vehicles were affected. An investigation will now be carried out into the cause of the fire.”

The incident has caused disruption for shoppers and employees at the shopping centre, but thankfully no injuries have been reported. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

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