Two families made homeless on Christmas Day after fire fills their flats with smoke in Tiptree

Two fire crews went to the blaze

Two fire crews went to the blaze - Credit: Archant

Two families were left homeless on Christmas Day after a fire in Tiptree.

The blaze in Oak Road started in an outbuilding close to two adjoining flats at 7.17pm.

Fire crews from Tiptree and Witham were sent to the scene where they found both properties completely smoke-logged.

They wore breathing apparatus and two hose reels to put out the fire by 8.40pm.

However the flats’ residents were unable to go back into their homes and were assisted by the Red Cross fire and emergency support team.

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Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Essex Police are to carry out and investigation to establish the cause of the fire.

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