Woman rescued and neighbours evacuated due to fire at flats

Willow Walk in Tiptree Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

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A woman has been rescued from a flat fire in Tiptree, Essex, tonight.

Crews were called to a first-floor flat in Willow Walk just before 9.30pm after a resident reported that she was trapped in the property due to a fire outside the front door.

While she waited for firefighters to arrive a control operator stayed on the phone to help her stay calm and give her advice to keep her safe.

When crews arrived they used a ladder to rescue the woman through a bedroom window and then assisted in evacuating people from the other flat in the building via the stairs.

Firefighters then extinguished the fire, which started in a storage cupboard on the communal landing, by 10pm.

The woman was left in the care of the ambulance service.

Crews from Tiptree, Colchester and Coggeshall attended.

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Firefighters will carry out an investigation to find out the cause of the fire.

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