Southend blocked fire engine prompts council warning

Warning letters about bad parking are to be sent to residents after a fire engine got stuck in an Essex street.

The Southend crew was on its way to a flat fire in Cluny Square when double parked vehicles blocked its way.

The fire engine had to reverse off and find another route to the fire, reported in the early hours of Sunday.

The fire service raised the issue with Southend Borough Council, which is writing to people in the area about the episode.

A woman had suffered the effects of breathing in smoke during the fire.

Cheryl Hindle-Terry, of the council, said: "We will be asking them to park considerately in the Cluny Square area to avoid the need for parking restrictions to be proposed in future."

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