ESSEX Fire Service are currently at the scene of a large fire at an industrial unit in Covent Lane in Braintree.

On arrival, crews reported that an industrial unit - measuring approximately 60 metres by 20 metres - was 100% alight. The unit is being used for storage.

Crews have requested a further two crews, both from Dunmow Fire Station to assist.

Crews are currently working to extinguish the fire.

Residents have reported seeing thick, black smoke rising high above the town.

Essex Fire have said on the incident: "If you live in the area, please keep your windows and doors shut.

"Please avoid the area while emergency services deal with this incident.

"This is a live incident and we will provide updates."