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Family of five left homeless by fire

Fire at home in Great Baddow Credit: ITV Anglia

Essex Fire says a family of five from Great Baddow in Essex have been left homeless after a fire in their kitchen early today. Crews took less than 20 minutes to put the fire out, but the house in Pryors Road was damaged so badly the family are unable to return home.

Baby escapes fatal crash unharmed

Map showing Great Baddow Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses following a road crash in which a man died and three women were seriously injured. A nine-month-old baby boy escaped unharmed after the two-car collision on the A1114 Essex Yeomanry Way, Great Baddow at about 1pm on Saturday March 1.

The child was in a baby seat in the back of a red Ford Fiesta travelling north towards Chelmsford when it crossed the central reservation and struck a black Vauxhall Vectra travelling south. A 20-year-old man from South Woodham Ferrers, a passenger in the Fiesta, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 18-year-old female driver, also from South Woodham Ferrers, received serious injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Royal London Hospital. Her condition today was said to be critical but stable.

The Vectra driver, a 64-year-old woman from the Chelmsford area, remains in a stable condition at Broomfield Hospital. The Vectra passenger, a 68-year-old woman, is in Addenbrookes’ Hospital where her condition was said to be serious but stable. The baby boy's being cared for by relatives.