What a different Tuesday for us all around The Fullbridge, Maldon, Essex area. Once again and not for the first time this year Maldon was again put on the TV map with yet another fire, roads were closed off, businesses evacuated and emergency rest centres set up following the major blaze in Maldon.
It broke out at Sill-Die in Fullbridge Quay shortly before 1pm just over the road from us however matters escalated when the fire exploded two chemical tanks. Witnesses reported seeing a bright white flash and hearing a huge bang as the phosphorus tanks caught alight. Forty firefighters were called in to tackle the blaze but were hampered by the presence of magnesium, which has a violent reaction to water.
Police sealed off the area from Station Road to Market Hill and evacuated nearby businesses, including the Tesco superstore and fuel station.
Until the next time, Roger.