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Firefighters have arrived at Roots Hall Stadium, the home of relegated League Two club Southend United, after smoke was seen billowing out of the ground on Monday.
According to the Southend Echo's Chris Phillips, the smoke was coming from the corner of the car park close to the South Stand at Roots Hall.
Four fire-service crews quickly arrived on the scene to help tackle the problem, with people now being asked to avoid the area and keep doors and windows closed if they live nearby.
It is the second time in the space of two years thick smoke has been seen emerging from Southend's ground, as a similar incident also played out in 2019.
Further reports suggest the smoke could in fact be coming from the set of AstroTurf pitches in close proximity to the stadium.
Fire alarms are understood to be sounding throughout Roots Hall as the service crews on hand continue to tackle the flames by laying out more hoses to reach the fire.
It has been a disappointing past few months for the Shrimpers, who were sent packing to the fifth tier of English football after being relegated from League Two last season.
Their fate was sealed on May 1 despite a 2-1 win away at Barrow as they also needed one of Colchester or Scunthorpe to suffer defeat to stand any chance of staying up.
And Colchester ran out 1-0 winners at home to Salford City, while Scunthorpe picked up a 0-0 draw away at Bradford.
Southend desperately tried to salvage their Football League status by sacking manager Mark Molesley back in April.
Former boss Phil Brown returned in an attempt to keep them afloat, but in the end his efforts were in vain as they were sent plummeting down to the fifth tier.
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The Roots Hall club find themselves outside of the Football League for the first time in 101 years, despite being 17 points clear of safety in League One before the 2019/20 season was curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
They were eventually relegated from League One on a points-per-game basis, which proved the start of a miserable downward spiral for the club.
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