Investigations into Essex flat fire

Fire crews at the scene Photo: Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue Service

An investigation is underway to find out what caused a fire at a block of flats in Essex which has left four families homeless.

A woman had to be rescued by a neighbour before fire crews arrived at the blaze at Bockingham Green in Basildon yesterday afternoon.

The damage caused by the fire Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue Service

"Crews did a magnificent job in preventing the spread of fire - with the construction of the flats and the location of the flat where the fire started at the corner of the block, their prompt action undoubtedly went a long way in preventing more damage."

– John Harris, Essex Fire and Rescue Service
Fire crews at the scene Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue Service

An ambulance crew treated a 25-year-old woman for the effects of breathing in smoke.

It is understood the fire spread from one of the flats to two neighbouring properties.

Fire crews at the scene Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue Service

"Our job now will be to investigate the cause of the incident."

– John Harris, Essex Fire and Rescue Service