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Family saved from burning block of flats in Tilbury

An investigation into the cause of the fire will take place later today 

Firefighters have rescued a family from a burning block of flats in Tilbury. 

A blaze broke out in a communal hallway of a building in Civic Square at around 1.15am this morning. 

Crews received a call from a mother who was trapped inside her flat by the fire. Control officers stayed on the phone with her and told her to remain calm until help arrived.

“When we arrived our crews quickly established contact with the trapped resident to ensure she knew we were there to help her,” said Watch Manager, Dave Bond.

“We soon found that she had a safe space within her flat where she could continue to breathe fresh air, so asked her to stay there while we tackled the fire and cleared the smoke.

“Once it was safe to do so we led the resident and her children out of her flat and down the stairs to safety.”

The woman and her children were left in the care of the Ambulance Service at 2.21am. 

An investigation into the cause of the fire will take place later today. 

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