It's been announced today that Essex PCC Roger Hirst will take on responsibility of the local fire and rescue service.
Investigation Into Southend Flat Fire
An investigation has started into a flat fire in Southend which has left a woman with life-threatening injuries.
Seven fire crews were called to a fire in a ninth floor flat on Balmoral Road at around 11.15pm on Saturday (7 May).
Three people, including a baby, were rescued.
A 30 year-old woman from Southend suffered life-threatening injuries.
Chief Inspector and District Commander for Southend, Simon Anslow said: "The cause of the fire is under investigation and detectives are looking at the circumstances leading up to the incident.
"I ask anyone who was in that area around that time to get in contact. Did you see any suspicious activity?"
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at Southend CID on 101.
Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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