Firefighters tackled a fire in the roof of a bungalow in Elmstead Close, Corringham on Saturday afternoon. On arriving at the scene, the officer in charge reported that the entire roof of the property was well alight.
Firefighters were wearing six sets of breathing apparatus and used four hose reel jets to tackle the fire.
Crews remained on site and as of 14:24hrs were cutting away, dampening down hot-spots and sheeting over the damaged roof.
Assistant Divisional Officer Simon Dedman, officer in charge, said: “Crews did an excellent job at this incident. They got stuck in and worked extremely hard to get a large fire out as quickly as possible.
“The fire started in one semi-detached and spread to the adjoining bungalow. The entire roof of the property where the fire started was destroyed and around half of the adjoining properties roof was damaged.
“The property where the fire started also suffered some damage on the ground floor.
“It is thanks to the hard work and professionalism of the crews that this fire was brought under control and extinguished without causing more damage.”
The fire is not thought to be suspicious.