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Hardy's Garden Centre gutted by fire

Published: 11 October 2011
More than 50 firefighters called in to tackle blaze on Southend Arterial Road in Upminster on Saturday.
Fire crews were called to Hardy's Garden Centre at 2.40pm on October 8, with eleven engines from across London on site at the height of the fire. The blaze gutted a range of single storey buildings covering an area of about a hectare, while fireworks, in stock for Bonfire Night, and gas cylinders on the premises were also damaged.

Local newspaper reports revealed the scene looked like a firework's display when firefighters first arrived and that the fire spread very quickly. Around 80% of the garden centre is thought to have been destroyed in the blaze.

An area of woodland adjacent to the garden centre site and a number of vehicles, including a JCB digger, were also caught up in the inferno.

The fire was finally brought under control by 8.14pm that evening and fire crews had been able to safely remove a large number of fireworks from the site.

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