Firefighters rushed to tackle a suspected arson blaze involving a car at a caravan park.

The car, believed to be a white BMW was set on fire at Thorney Bay Caravan Park on Canvey at about 3.30am this morning.

Large flames and plumes of thick smoke engulfed the vehicle at the caravan park.

An Essex County Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Firefighters were called to reports of a vehicle fire in Thorney Bay Road, Canvey Island at 3.24am today.

“Crews extinguished the fire by 3.53am. The cause of the fire has been recorded as deliberate.”