Witham: Firefighters rescue man from flat blaze above shop
21:29 24 March 2014
A man has been rescued from a flat blaze in north Essex tonight.
Firefighters were called to Newland Street, Witham, at around 7pm following reports a fire had broken out in an apartment above a shop.
When the three fire engines arrived, the flat was heavily smoke-logged and a man was inside.
A spokesman for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: “He was brought to safety and left in the care of the ambulance service.
“Police were also at the scene.”
The fire was extinguished after 30 minutes before crews used a high pressure fan to clear the flat of smoke.
A joint police and fire service investigation will be carried out to establish the cause.
An Essex Police spokesman declined to comment.