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Cooking Oil Depot Fire in Essex

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Crews have been tackling a large fire involving 30,000 litres of cooking oil at a storage depot in Essex.

The fire in Little Warley near Brentwood was reported at 05:15 GMT on Tuesday after neighbours heard a "massive bang". Utility and Environment Agency officials were called in and neighbouring properties evacuated. The fire involved cooking oil, tonnes of paper and 3,000 litres of diesel. It was brought under control by midday. Officers found the cooking oil on fire in a number of different containers at the one acre site, a spokesman said.

Crews, who were brought in from across London and Essex, used foam and water jets to bring the fire under control.