Fire spreads through terrace

FIRE ripped through seven homes in Harlow, Essex last night - causing severe damage to one and leaving six uninhabitable.

FIRE ripped through seven homes in Harlow, Essex last night - causing severe damage to one and leaving six uninhabitable.

A 29-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the large fire in Berecroft, Harlow and is currently in police custody.

The blaze started shortly before 11.30pm last night and a number of houses were evacuated as seven fire crews worked to contain the flames.

A spokesperson for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said the top floor of one house was “well alight” and that “fire has spread into shared loft space.”


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Severe damage was caused to the house where the fire broke out and the six other houses in the terrace were damaged by smoke and fire spreading through shared loft space.

The fire was extinguished by about 5am, using three main jets, two hose reel jets and firefighters wore 30 sets of breathing apparatus.

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A full investigation is underway to establish the cause of the fire. Two police officers are currently on site guarding the scene.

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