A huge fire has broken out at a packaging company in Shoebury.

It is understood the fire is currently ongoing at Advanced Protective Packaging, in Towerfield Road, Shoebury, and fire crews are currently on scene.

Photos from the scene show thick black smoke billowing into the sky with large flames bursting through the building's windows.

Witnesses say the entire building has been fully evacuated.

(Credit: Matthew Allen)

Ten fire crews from across the county, including Southend, Leigh, Canvey, Orsett and Chelmsford, are currently on scene battling the fire.

A spokesman for the fire service said: "Due to the volume of smoke, services on the nearby train line will be suspended while the firefighting takes place.

"If you live or work nearby, please close your windows to avoid the affects of the smoke."

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