Southend house fire leaves family of five homeless

The house in Hastings Road, Southend
Image caption Three fire crews tackled the severe blaze on the ground floor of the building

Eight people, including a family of five, have been made homeless following a house fire in Essex.

Firefighters were called to the blaze at the two-storey property, which is divided into flats, in Hastings Road, Southend, at 00:50 BST.

Essex Fire Service said three crews dealt with a "severe fire" on the ground floor of the building. One man was taken to hospital.

A joint police and fire investigation into the cause of the fire has begun.

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