Firefighters raced to tackle a blaze which broke out in the middle of the night.

Two crews were called to Longwick, Langdon Hills, Basildon, at around 2.49am this morning. 

Upon arrival, teams from Basildon and Orsett found the fire had engulfed the ground floor of the property.

Firefighters desperately worked to get the fire under control, and managed to extinguish the blaze by 3.57am.

An investigation will be carried out today to establish the cause.