One hundred firefighters and a number of specialist appliances are at the scene of a large fire at packaging warehouse in Basildon along Festival Way.

Firefighters are working hard to bring the fire under control. There are 15 fire engines at the scene.

The officer in charge reports good progress is being made by firefighters tackling the fire. Firefighters have surrounded the fire and are using multiple hoses to tackle the fire.

The warehouse, which measures approximately 100m x 50m, is completely alight and the fire is also affecting the next door warehouse.

@ECFRS (Fire Essex Serivice) tweeted: "#Basildon - there are over 100 firefighters at the scene of the fire helping to bring the fire under control".

@KWingfield tweeted: "Huge plumes of smoke over #Basildon near leisure park. Hope all is well".

@EPControlRoom tweeted: "We are with @ECFRS large fire at #festivalleisure #basildon - A127 closed both directions, west bound off at Mayflower East bound @ A176".

@MrsSallyC tweeted: "2 massive explosions and plumes of thick smoke over #Basildon, hope no ones hurt".

The incident happened at 12.21am this morning.

More details to follow.