Residents are being warned to keep their doors and windows shut after 100 tyres were deliberately set on fire.

Fire crews were called to Blackshots Lane, Grays, just before 6pm this evening.

On arrival, crews reported that two stacks were alight, amounting to up to 100 tyres. Smoke from the fire could be seen from a considerable distance away.

Crews worked hard to extinguish the fire efficiently despite difficulties establishing a water supply and were able to do so by 6.36pm.

Firefighters then remained at the scene for around 30 minutes to dampen down the area and ensure there was no risk of reignition.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as deliberate.

Residents were warned to remain inside and not breathe in the smoke.