A block of flats have been evacuated after a fire in the roof.

Six fire engines rushed to Littlecroft, South Woodham Ferrers, just before 3.30pm.

On arrival firefighters reported that the roof was 50 per cent alight and began tackling the fire from ground level and above.

The flats were evacuated, with three residents suffering minor injuries.

Firefighters also rescued several pets from the block.

Wind conditions meant that the fire spread quickly to four neighbouring properties within the block.

Firefighters worked hard to create a fire stop - meaning they contained and limited the spread any further.

At 5pm firefighters reported that the fire was under control, but expect it to be some time before it was completely extinguished.

This incident is ongoing and more information will be posted when it is available.