AN investigation is set to take place after firefighters were called in to action last night following a house fire in Maldon.

A semi-detached house in Cross Road, Maldon, has been left badly damaged after the first floor and the roof caught fire.

Fire teams from Maldon, Witham, Great Baddow, Chelmsford and Burnham were called to the property at about 7.50pm on Thursday 28 May.

They arrived to find the house's roof and first floor were engulfed in flames.

It took a lot of effort from firefighters to keep the fire from spreading to an adjacent property.

By about 9.20pm the fire was said to be under control by the Incident Commander and that the fire was confined to the first floor and roof.

At 10pm, the fire had finally been put out.

Crews remained at the scene for some time to continue dampening down hotspots and the surrounding area.

The damaged to the house was extensive and an investigation in to the cause of the fire is set to go ahead today (Friday 29 May).