Fire crews battle floods and fires

FIRE crews worked through the night dealing with nearly 200 flood-related incidents in Essex.

FIRE crews worked through the night dealing with nearly 200 flood-related incidents in Essex.

Thunderstorms caused flooding across the county but the worst hit areas were Billericay, Basildon and Thurrock.

Firefighters also tackled a fire in Burghley Way, Chelmsford. The blaze broke out at a three-storey terraced block of houses following a lightning strike.