Essex

Westcliff church fire: Homes evacuated

Seventh Day Adventist Church Image copyright Google
Image caption An investigation is to be carried into the cause of the fire at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Westcliff-on-Sea

A fire has broken out at a church in Essex, causing homes to be evacuated.

Twelve people were moved from their homes while fire crews tackled the blaze at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Northview Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea.

An Essex Fire Service spokesman said five people were treated for the effects of breathing in smoke.

A quarter of the building was damaged after the fire was reported at 04:14 GMT. The fire was out by 05:38.

An investigation is to be carried out to determine the cause.

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