Firefighters were called to a fire at a former cinema in Colchester on Monday (26th November).
Essex County Fire & Rescue Service attended the scene at the former Odeon site in Crouch Street Colchester at around 7:58pm.
Seven fire engines in total attended from Colchester, Wivenhoe, Coggeshall, Tiptree, Manningtree and Halstead.
It is understood the ground floor of the three storey building was completely full of smoke as firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building to find and extinguish the fire.
A statement from the Fire Service, said: “The fire was located on the lower floor, firefighters had to cut away at the floorboards to extinguish hotspots.”
At midnight the number of fire engines was reduced to three. Crews continued to extinguish hot spots inside the building.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. An investigation by the Fire Service will take place.