Rayleigh house fire kills man

House after a fire.
Image caption The fire service said the blaze had spread to much of the ground floor

A man has died after a house fire in Essex on Wednesday night.

Three fire crews were sent to the semi-detached property on Ferndale Road, Rayleigh, at about 18:30 after a call from a neighbour.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service said the fire had spread to most of the open-plan ground floor, but was completely extinguished by 19:26.

A ventilation fan was used to clear a "large amount of smoke" and an investigation into the cause has begun.

Image caption An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way
Image caption A neighbour spotted the house was burning and called emergency services

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