Two children are fighting for their lives in hospital after being rescued from a house fire in Essex.
A 13-year-old boy was flown by Air Ambulance to the Royal London Hospital in Basildon while a ten-year-old was taken to Basildon Hospital in an ambulance.
Firefighters were called to the single-storey property in Pitsea at around 3pm on bank holiday Monday as flames engulfed the building.
One neighbour told Essex Live: "We saw one boy… on a trolley and another on the floor being resuscitated who looked like an adult and there was another but we couldn't see who that was because they put the barriers up."
"There was this horrible toxic smell when I was walking out the front. There were flames shooting up and that's when the fire service turned up."
The fire was extinguished by 4.30pm, Essex Police said. The cause is not yet known and enquiries at the scene were continuing on Monday evening.
An Essex Police spokesperson said: “Essex Police and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service are currently at the scene of a house fire in Beambridge, #Basildon.
“Officers were contacted at around 3.15pm this afternoon, Monday, May 1.
“Two children were rescued from the single-storey property. A 13-year-old boy was flown by air ambulance to the Royal #London Hospital while a ten-year-old boy was taken to Basildon Hospital by ambulance.
“Both boys are described as being in life-threatening conditions.
“The fire was extinguished by 4.30pm. The cause of the fire is not yet known and enquiries at the scene are continuing.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.”