Pictures have revealed the scale of a large blaze which took hold of a derelict building in Canvey.

Firefighters were called out to Lionel Road on Canvey to tackle the fire at 11pm last night (September 13).


The blaze is understood to have taken place at a building next to the old convent, known as Walsingham House, and was reported to be on the first floor of the building and roof.

Five crews – from Canvey, Basildon, Rayleigh Weir and Grays - were sent to the scene due to the size of the fire, with the fire service contacted by 16 different people reporting the incident.

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

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


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 convent in March. When they arrived, it was found that the building was smoking heavily from the roof space.