Fire makes family eight people homeless in Essex town

A family of eight has been left homeless after a fire in the second floor of their terraced home in Essex.

Firefighters were called at 17:30 BST on Tuesday to the fire at West Street in Harwich near a row of houses destroyed in December last year.

The fire was brought under control within 45 minutes but a bedroom in the three-storey building was gutted.

The rest of the house was severely affected by smoke damage and the family were moved to emergency accommodation.

Sub Officer Ivan Cranfield said; "The fire started in a second floor bedroom and was contained in that room to prevent it from spreading.

"The rest of the second floor suffered smoke damage and the rest of the property had smoke and water damage.

"We have carried out an investigation into the cause of the fire and have determined that it started accidentally."

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