A huge fire broke out in a packaging warehouse in Basildon, Essex, in the early hours of Sunday morning. More than a hundred firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze which was said to have completely engulfed the warehouse. "Fifteen fire engines and a number of specialist appliances are at the scene of a large fire at packaging warehouse in Basildon," the Essex fire department tweeted. At 2am GMT, they said: "Firefighters are working hard to bring the fire under control. We currently have around 100 firefighters at the scene helping to tackle the fire." Less than an hour later, they reported that "good progress" had been made to get the fire under control. The officer in charge, Neil Fenwick, said: "When we first arrived, firefighters immediately requested extra fire engines to help deal with this rapidlly growing fire. The warehouse, which we believe is used for packaging and distribution, contained a large amount of stock and the fire took hold very quickly. "Firefighters have done an absolutely briliant job here this morning. They spotted the fire had started to spread to the large warehouse next door and managed to extinguish the fire very quickly and stopped the fire spreading. Fire crews had the fire surrounded and under control very quickly. It is thanks to their hard work that the fire has been contained to the one warehouse. "Firefighters will remain at the scene for some time extinguishing the fire and checking for hot spots." The fire is thought to have broken out around 12.20am on Sunday morning. An investigation will be carried out to establish the cause of the fire.