A man was rescued and taken to hospital after a fire broke out at a house in Rush Green.

London Fire Brigade were called at 9.37am on Good Friday (March 29) to Gorse Way to reports of the blaze in a two-storey mid-terraced house.

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were deployed to the scene. Half of the ground floor of the property was damaged in the incident, as the crews worked for more than an hour to bring it under control.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued a man with the help of a fire escape hood that he was made to wear.

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The hood, the brigade said, can protect people for up to 15 minutes from four main fire gases including carbon monoxide.

The fire was brought under control by 10.57am by firefighters from Romford, Dagenham and Hornchurch fire stations.

The cause of the blaze is still unknown, and an investigation has been launched by the brigade.