Firefighters were called to a block of flats this evening (Thursday 21 December) after a resident smelled smoke from another flat and called 999.
Three crews from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and one from London Fire Brigade were called to London Road, Brentwood, and reported there was a fire in a second-floor flat.
Station Manager Howard Midwood said:
"Brentwood's fire engine was first on the scene and Watch Manager Ben Stapleton and his crew did a fantastic job of stopping the fire from spreading to other flats within the building.
"Our crews worked really well with London Fire Brigade's firefighters to surround and extinguish the fire.
"Our partnership working with Essex Police meant everyone at the scene was well informed and kept safe."
No one was at home at the time of the fire and the rest of the block safely evacuated their homes.
Station Manager Midwood added:
"There were no working smoke alarms in the flat, which means it was some time before anyone realised there was a fire.
"The best way you can protect your home and your family is by making sure you have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your house. It will alert you and others around you to the first sign of fire."
The flat where the fire started has been significantly damaged by the fire and other flats within the building have suffered smoke damage.
Officers will carry out an investigation into the cause of the fire when it is safe to do so.