A woman and child have died in a house fire in Essex.
Essex Police said a police helicopter, officers, the fire service and ambulance service attended to the fire on South Street in Braintree at around 10:45 pm last night (Wednesday) but despite their work, the pair were trapped in the house. They died at the scene of the incident.
Two women were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, having managed to escape the house before the arrival of fire services.
The road has been closed while Essex Police and fire services carry out a joint investigation.