AN investigation is underway after a man has died following a house fire in Eastwood.

Emergency services were called at around 8.20am on Friday to a bungalow on fire in Meakins Close.

The victim, who is believed to be a pensioner in his 90s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Essex Police have confirmed nobody else was injured as a result of the blaze.

Forensic police officers were also called to the accident.

A spokesman for Essex Police has said: "Sadly, a man inside the property was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The fire has been extinguished and our officers are working with investigators to establish the cause."

Det Insp Mike Calvert said: “We are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading to the fatal fire in Leigh, but do not believe there is any threat to the wider community.

“We ask that you please continue to avoid the area where possible."

“If you have any information which may help our investigation, please get in touch with us.”

Chris Walker, ward councillor for Eastwood Park, has expressed his sadness following the incident.

He said: "I know the area and this is a very, very sad occurrence."

Using the Essex Police Facebook page, a number of residents have also paid tributes to the victim.

Sarahjane Donartie said: "So sad. Thoughts go out to his family."

Sue Carter added: "Heartbreaking."

Julia de Ferry said: "I knew this lovely man, this is so very very sad."

The investigation is currently ongoing and the cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

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You can also call police on 101.

Information can also be given to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or