A lady in her seventies was rescued from her home this morning by firefighters after she inadvertently ignited her bedding with smoking materials.
Crews reported on arrival that the property, which is two floors and measures approximately five metres by 10 metres, was completely smoke logged.
Firefighters managed to rescue the woman from the ground floor and provided oxygen therapy and first aid until the Ambulance Service arrived.
Crews extinguished the fire by 10.57am and used positive pressure ventilation fans to clear the remaining smoke from the property.
Watch Manager Simon Beardsley said: "This incident highlights just how dangerous smoking at home can be. While this lady has very unfortunately suffered burns and smoke inhalation, it could easily have been much more serious.
"If you or someone you live with smoke at home, you should never do so in bed or anywhere close to bedding or clothing materials. It's much easier to accidentally cause a fire than you might think.
"Please use a solid ash tray at all times and, when you're finished, make sure that it is fully extinguished before you dispose of it."
Read more advice on how you can stay safe when smoking.
Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision this afternoon.
On arrival, crews confirmed that one woman was trapped in her vehicle following the incident.
Firefighters worked hard to release the woman by 1.07pm, before leaving her in care of the Ambulance Service.
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Crews were called to a fire at an industral unit at Grainger Road, Southend, this afternoon.
On arrival firefighters reported that the first floor and roof space of the building, which measures around 20m x 10m, were alight.
At 2.45pm Incident Commander Craig McLellan said:
"Despite difficult access, crews have worked extremely well to bring the fire under control and stop it spreading to adjacent buildings.
"We're continuing to tackle the fire both internally and externally and are making steady progress.
"At this stage we're uncertain of the cause of the fire."
The fire was extinguished by 4.30pm. Crews revisited the scene on Saturday morning to ensure it had remained cool.
Following an investigation, we believe this fire was caused accidentally by an electrical fault.