He told Essex Live: 'I spoke to airport staff and they said it was a fire at one of the hangars on the perimeter of the airport.'I could see the flames from the terminal - they were not particularly high but it was really thick black smoke.'Witness Pat Lancaster told BBC Essex: 'There was thick black smoke, but I didn't hear any explosion. And Jade Hodges added: 'I can see it from my parents' house.
I can see loads of fire engines and smoke coming up.' This afternoon the scorched hangar was still smouldering on the outskirts of the airport, with white smoke seen coming from the corrugated steel structure.
Watch Commander Shaun Dakin, officer in charge of the West Midlands Fire Service crew who responded, said: "As funny as this sounds, this young man could quite easily have suffocated or have been seriously injured." He added: "Taking the microwave apart was tricky, because a lot of it was welded.
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Firefighters today battled a huge blaze after an explosion near London Southend Airport as 'paint or thinner' caught fire during 'routine maintenance'.
Thick black smoke could be seen billowing from an aircraft hangar at the airport in the Essex seaside town, with six fire engines called out at about 10.40am.
The incident happened during a traditional parade to mark Mexico's Revolution Day, marking the start of a major ten-year armed struggle which transformed the country's culture and government.
On Wednesday it emerged that all the men had survived and were expected to make a full recovery.
I think it was paint or thinner going up.''I don't know what it is like on the inside, but there is no back wall on it.