Four crews attend the scene of a FIRE near Roots Hall, home of Southend United… with footage of a ‘large amount of artificial turf’ ablaze in a nearby commercial building
- The fire started at 5:45 p.m. in a commercial building on Roots Hall Avenue
- In the photos, a large pile of artificial grass appears to be on fire on the property
- At least four fire trucks are present and the public must stay away
- Southend United have played at the Roots Hall with a capacity of 12,000 people since the 1950s
Four teams attended a fire near Roots Hall, home of Southend United football club, on Monday night.
Photos surfacing on social media from the area show thick black smoke billowing from a building on Roots Hall Avenue, near the 12,000-seat stadium.
At least four fire trucks are in attendance, while other images show a pile of synthetic turf on fire at the site.
Four crews attend the scene of a fire at Roots Hall in Southend Monday night. Bee
Further photos show a large amount of artificial grass on fire at Roots Hall Avenue on Monday
The public has been told to avoid the area and close their windows and doors if they live nearby
Essex County and Fire Rescue Service said the fire occurred at a commercial property and started at 5:45 PM.
Local media channel Your Somerset report that the fire appears to be in a storage room.
The fire alarm is still sounding in the stadium.
Firefighters have been called and are still working to prevent the fire from spreading
A spokesman said: ‘Firefighters have been called to a fire at a property in Victoria Avenue, Southend this evening.
“Please avoid the area. If you live nearby, keep windows and doors closed.’
The stadium has hosted Southend United since the 1950s, with the club being relegated from the EFL for the first time in 101 years last season.
The Roots Hall with a capacity of 12,000 people has been the home of Southend United since the 1950s