A MAN was left suffering smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in his flat.

The blaze at the home in Whitmore Court in Whitmore Way, Basildon is believed to have started after a cigarette butt caught light.

The blaze spread and the man was able to get out safely as fire crews arrived.

Firefighters spent around 20-minutes putting out the fire and clearing the smoke following the blaze just before 9pm on Monday.