FIREFIGHTERS were called to two incidents in close proximity during the early hours of Monday morning (March 23rd).
The first was to a wheely bin that had been set alight in Wharf Road, Grays and the second a house fire in nearby Argent Street.
A joint Police and Fire Service investigation will be carried out to establish the causes.
The bin fire was quickly extinguished by a crew from Grays who then joined appliances at the scene of the house fire.
Firefighters wearing breating apparatus used one hose reel to tackle the blaze.
They reported that the fire had been put out by 03:49 hrs.