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Witham: Firefighters rescue man from flat blaze above shop

21:29 24 March 2014

Fire crews were called to extinguish a fire in Clacton.

Fire crews were called to extinguish a fire in Clacton.

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A man has been rescued from a flat blaze in north Essex tonight.

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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.

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