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There is smoke damage to other areas within the building.
Early indications are that the fire started in or near a sofa; however the cause of the blaze is being investigated jointly by Police and Fire Service.
Stn O Brian Harper said "when firefighters arrived they were confronted with a very serious fire in a flat on the first floor, the whole of the flat was on fire making it was incredibly hot," he added "the firefighters did a brilliant job putting out the fire in these arduous working conditions".
Written and photos by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service