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Update: Harwich house fire now extinguished but two people are left homeless

PUBLISHED: 21:22 10 June 2014 | UPDATED: 22:43 10 June 2014

Crews have attended a fire in Harwich

Crews have attended a fire in Harwich

Archant

Firefighters were at the scene of a blaze at a property in Harwich which was “well alight”.

Crews were called at 7.30pm to Oakland Road, Harwich, with appliances from Dovercourt, Manningtree and Weeley attending.

The first floor of the end of terrace property was said to be “well alight” and the ground floor to be 50% alight.

Crews wore breathing apparatus and used hose reels and a jet to tackle the fire.

At 8.10pm fire crews said a neighbouring property had become smoke logged because of the blaze.

By 9pm the ground floor fire was out and the first floor was said to be under control.

Forty minutes later the whole fire has been extinguished. The fire has caused the loft to also become heavily smoke logged.

A fire spokesman said two people were made homeless because of the blaze.

An investigation into the fire’s cause is now underway.

Engineers worked through the night to restore power to households across Suffolk and north Essex after the region was battered by winds of over 70mph.

Commuters using Greater Anglia trains in Suffolk and Essex are facing further disruption after the region’s rail network was brought to its knees by yesterday’s storm.

The mother of a selfless Suffolk fundraiser is continuing her daughter’s fight to persuade women and girls to have smear tests in her honour.

An alliance of schools in Ipswich has won £20,000 of funding to boost the quality of teaching in the area through better use of research.

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