Southend airport is continuing to operate flights “as normal” despite a fire breaking out in an aircraft hangar.
Firefighters were called to the Essex airport after reports of an “explosion” and smoke has been seen coming from one of its hangars.
“When firefighters arrived at the scene they reported the large hangar, which is used to livery aeroplanes, was on fire. Six fire engines were requested to help tackle the fire. The hangar did not have any aeroplanes inside,” said Essex County Fire and Rescue Service in a statement.
“Firefighters are using a aerial ladder platform to pour water on the large building from above. The officer in charge at the incident reports crews are making good progress.”
Southend airport added in a statement: “Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is currently dealing with an incident at the air livery hanger on the north side of the airfield. Southend airport is still open and operating as normal.”