Firefighters were called to a semi-detached house and garage on fire in Longhouse Road in Chadwell St Mary.
The house was 50 percent alight and 100 percent smoke logged.
At 02:23 crews wearing breathing apparatus had the fire surrounded using three hose reels and one main jet.
At 02:55 crews had extinguished the fire.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage, ECFRS and the Police will carry out an investigation.
Later that afternoon firefighters were called to a semi-detached house on fire in Thurlow Walk, Grays. Crews wore four sets of breathing apparatus and used two hose reels to extinguish the fire by 5pm.
Crews used a thermal image camera to check for any remaining hotspots and ventilated the house using a high pressure fan.