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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.
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.
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.