A massive blaze has broken out at a sausage factory, sending plumes of dense orange smoke high above a town in Essex.
Dozens of firefighters responded to the incident after the fire broke out at around 5.20am at the industrial site in Harlow, where night workers were doing their shifts.
By 7.17am, there were 10 fire engines at the scene, with crews from Essex, Hertfordshire and London in attendance.
Those living nearby have been urged to avoid the area, with smoke seen for miles.
Dorottya Spanyik said her husband had been working at Riverway Food when the fire alarms sounded.
‘The fire was massive… you could see and feel the smoke all around Harlow,’ Ms Spanyik said.
‘My husband works there, he was there when the fire started before 6am.
‘I’m not sure who alerted the fire brigade, because the whole night shift was still there when the fire alarms went off.’
Ms Spanyik said her husband has not been told when he will be able to return to work and is safe but ‘stressed’.