An investigation is underway after a derelict building went up in flames.

Firefighters were called out to Lionel Road on Canvey to tackle the fire at 11pm last night.

Five crews – from Canvey, Basildon, Rayleigh Weir and Grays - were sent to the scene due to the size of the blaze.

People in the area were urged to close windows and doors due to the amount of smoke coming from the site.

Essex Fire Service said it had been contacted by 16 different people reporting the incident.

The fire was reported to be on the first floor of the building and roof.

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It took crews two hours to extinguish the flames and some remained at the scene throughout the night to monitor hotspots.

The fire service says an investigation is now underway to establish the cause of the fire.

The blaze is understood to have taken place next to the old convent - called Walsingham House.

Fire crews were also called to the 100-year-old convent in May, with the team working throughout the night to extinguish the fire.

While around 25 firefighters worked to tackle a blaze at the site in March. When they arrived, it was found that the building was smoking heavily from the roof space.