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Dog thought to have started house fire in Essex

A dog is thought to have started a house fire in Braintree Credit: ITV News

Three people have suffered smoke inhalation and a dog has died following a kitchen fire at Braintree in Essex.

Firefighters were called to Templar Road last night after the people living there returned home to find their house full of smoke.

The fire is thought to have been started accidentally by the dog who had jumped up at the cooker and turned the cooker on. Items left on the cooker then caught light.

The kitchen has been destroyed and the rest of the house has suffered extensive smoke damage.

Eight crews needed to get forest blaze under control

A blaze in Thetford Forest took 35 firefighters to get it under control.

Crews are now damping down at the site at Santon Downham, near Brandon.

A total of eight crews were needed to tackle the flames which has prompted the fire service to issue a further warning about the dry weather.


Photos show fury of fire that ripped through Mersea Island beach huts

The fire at West Mersea on Sunday morning. Credit: Crimewatch Mersea Island / Facebook

These photographs, taken by Mersea Island residents, show the extent of the fire that ripped through beach huts early on Sunday.

Ten buildings were destroyed. In many cases, nothing but charred fragments remain on the beach this morning.

The charred remains of some of the huts at Mersea Island. Credit: Crimewatch Mersea Island / Facebook


Petrol station fire causes major A11 disruption

Emergency services on the scene at the Five Ways roundabout. Credit: @mildenhallpolice/Twitter

A fire at a petrol station in Suffolk has caused major disruption on the A11 this morning.

Emergency services have been on the scene at the Barton Mills roundabout since just before 7am today (Saturday).

The blaze broke out in the Esso garage shop and fire crews worked quickly to prevent it spreading to the forecourt and fuel supply.

The A11 had been closed in both directions but has since reopened northbound, with just one lane still closed southbound.

'Fire engulfed the bungalow.'

Woman dies in fire that 'engulfed' bungalow. Credit: ITV Anglia

A spokesperson from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said the fire that killed a women in Ipswich engulfed the bungalow.

Three appliances came to the site quickly where they witnessed a very well developed fire. The fire engulfed the bungalow and the team extinguished it very quickly. We are now working with our police colleagues. Investigation is underway.

– Dave Collins, Area Commander

It happened on Reid Close and police were alerted by the fire service just before 8o'clock last night. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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