Fire crews believe a fire that tore through a bungalow in Clacton was started deliberately.
Crews were called just before 7pm on Monday October 2 after a fire outside the home spread to the property.
They had to rescue a man from inside the building, which was 70 per cent alight.
Essex Fire say they worked to stop the fire spreading inside the building and had extinguished it by 8pm.
Unfortunately, the bungalow suffered smoke and fire damage and is now uninhabitable.
The cause of the fire has been recorded as deliberate.