Six injured in flat fire

SIX people, including three children, have been taken to hospital following a fire at a block of flats in an Essex seaside town.All nine flats in the three-storey building in Langham Drive, Clacton, were evacuated after a fire was discovered in a stairwell this morning.

By Roddy Ashworth

SIX people, including three children, have been taken to hospital following a fire at a block of flats in an Essex town.

All nine flats in the three-storey building in Langham Drive, Clacton, were evacuated after a fire was discovered in a stairwell this morning.

An Essex Ambulance Service spokesman said 18 people were rescued and those taken to hospital included two adults and three children - aged five, three and 18 months - from the same family.


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The spokesman said five more children were treated at the scene by paramedics and did not require hospital treatment.

A man, thought to be in his 50s, is also being treated in hospital.

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All those in hospital are suffering from breathing difficulties, the spokesman said.

An Essex Fire Service spokesman said the cause of the fire is being investigated.

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