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Family escapes from house blaze

A family was able to escape a house fire that broke out under floorboards after a child raised the alarm.

Fire crews were called to a house in Princess Drive, Highwoods, Colchester in the early hours to find smoke pouring out of first floor windows.

Occupants escaped from the house before the fire service arrived, although one was treated for smoke inhalation.

Station Officer Costas Olymbios, from Essex Fire Service, said the house did not have a working smoke alarm.

"It is vital that your home is fitted with a working smoke alarm - this could be your only warning if a fire breaks out in your home," he said.

The fire is believed to have started in a bedroom when insulation covering wires under floor boards overheated.

Firefighters are returning to the area to advise neighbours on home fire safety advice and the importance of working smoke alarms.

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