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Flat badly damaged in fire

Longwick, Basildon
03/07/2020 @ 02:49
Incident Number: 125963
In attendance: 2 x Basildon, 1 x Orsett


Crews extinguished a flat fire in Basildon.

Firefighters were called to Longwick today at 2.49am and found a ground floor flat completely alight.

The flat was unoccupied and a neighbour raised the alarm after seeing smoke. Crews extinguished the fire by 3.57am.

Watch Manager Gareth Critch said: "The fire was fully developed when we arrived so crews did a good job to stop it spreading. Sadly, the flat was badly damaged by fire, smoke and heat."

Our new Fire Investigation Dog, Fizz, has been used to great effect as part of the investigation - she found accelerants inside and outside of the property.

The cause of the fire is believed to be suspicious and we are continuing to work with Essex Police on the investigation.

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