Poor parking delays fire crews reaching Funland blaze

Funland Seawick firefighters delayed
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Essex firefighters have called on Clacton residents to “stop and think” when parking cars, after an inconsiderately parked goods lorry delayed fire crews reaching a fire at Funland Amusements in Seawick.


Despite managing to control the blaze within an hour of being called to the St Osyth site, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service faced difficulties reaching the venue due to restricted access on Seaview Road.

“This narrow road was made even tighter after a heavy goods vehicle was parked inconsiderately,” Clacton Fire Station watch manager Jim Bowyer told the Clacton and Frinton Gazette.

“I would urge all drivers to stop and think when parking their cars: could a fire engine easily get through? If the answer is no, then you should park somewhere else. Fortunately, in this particular incident, the fire had not spread as much as it easily could have.”

When reaching Funland, crews cut away part of the roof to access and extinguish the root of the fire, before using thermal imaging cameras to ensure against unseen fire threat.

The incident occurred on 31 October, with the two crews called by the venue at 2.05pm. The fire was fully extinguished by 3.09pm.

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