The Chief Constable of Essex Police has sent his "love and prayers" those affected by a house in Braintree last night, in which a mother and child were killed.
Stephen Kavanagh said not being able to save lives was the "saddest part" of what he does.
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ITV News Anglia reporter Kate Prout is in South Street, Braintree, where a woman and child were killed in a house fire last night.
Two other women managed to escape and were taken to hospital.
The Bishop of Chelmsford has tweeted of the "very sad news" of the deaths of a woman and child in a house fire in Braintree.
The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell said churches in the Chelmsford Diocese are "praying for all involved".
The fire broke out at a home in South Street late last night. Two women managed to escape, but a woman and a child were trapped inside.
The Braintree MP James Cleverly says he's "shocked" by the deaths of a woman and a child in a house fire in the town overnight.
Two women managed to escape the fire on South Street, but another woman and a child couldn't get out.
Shocked by the terrible news that a mother and child have died in a fire in Braintree, my thoughts are with their friends and family.
A woman and a child have died following a house fire in Braintree.
It broke out in South Street just before 11pm last night and several emergency services were sent to the scene.
Two women managed to escape and were taken to hospital, but a woman and a child were trapped inside and couldn't get out.
The condition of the two people taken to hospital isn't known yet.
The Police and the Fire Service will now carry out a joint investigation to try and establish the cause of the fire.
Two people have been taken to hospital following a house fire in Essex.
It broke out in South Street in Braintree late last night and was eventually put out just before 1.30am.
Five fire engines were sent to the scene.
An investigation into why the fire started is now underway.
Police investigating a shop robbery Essex have releases CCTV images of a man they want to speak to.
The robbery happened on Mountbatten Road in Bocking, near Braintree, at around 9.30am on 30 October.
The thief threatened staff with a knife and demanded cash. He left with a two-figure sum.
Officers are urging anyone with information to come forward.
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