Fire destroys roof of Essex pub

Emergency crews were called to the Red Lion pub in Great Wakering after the fire broke out in the roof of the building.

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Resident describes 'terrible tragedy' of fire that destroyed Essex pub

A resident has described the 'terrible tragedy' of a fire that completely damaged the roof of a pub in Essex.

Two children and a man have had to be rescued by firefighters, after the fire broke out at the Red Lion pub in Great Wakering near Southend early this morning.

Firefighters rescued the children through the window - no-one was injured.

The initial investigation into the cause of the fire suggests it was accidental.

It was a terrible terrible tragedy. I have lived here for a long time, it's a very small community and it's a place where people meet and have lunches together. It's been here for such a long time, it will be a tragic loss while it is closed.

– Christine Egbury, Lives in Great Wakering

Pub roof completely destroyed in Great Wakering fire

Video courtesy of Tom Bettis.

The roof of a pub in Essex has been completely destroyed following a fire in the early hours of this morning.

Five emergency crews were called to the the Red Lion Pub in Great Wakering just after 4.30am.

The first floor was completely alight when crews arrived. Credit: Twitter/TomBettis

Huge flames were seen coming from the building, as firefighters spent more than two hours putting it out.

One adult and two children suffered smoke inhalation and were treated by the ambulance service.

An investigation to establish the cause of the fire will be carried out.


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