‘You are a hero’: Man attempts to extinguish raging house fire - with a garden hose
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Mr Dixon immediately rushed to help, climbing up a ladder and attempting to reduce the flames with just a garden hose, until the fire service arrived.
He recorded his attempts on a mobile phone, where the sounds of fire engine sirens can also be heard in the background.
Mr Dixon said: "I knew the hose wasn't going to do much in terms of putting out the flames.
"But it was a flat roof, so I was just trying to keep it from spreading across the whole roof and stop the whole thing going in before the fire brigade showed up.
"It felt like I was up there a long time, but I'm sure I probably wasn't - I'm sure the fire service got there as quickly as they could.
"At the end of the day, I'm just glad that everyone got out safely and no-one was hurt. I do feel for the poor lady whose house it is, though."
"There was another man who was actually inside the house trying to put the flames out from the inside - he's the real hero,” Mr Dixon added.
However, Mr Dixon said he doesn’t know who the man was or whether he lived there, but added: “I hope he's okay."
The £300,000 bungalow was left destroyed, with the roof having collapsed in the blaze.
‘You are a hero’
People on Facebook have since praised Mr Dixon for his heroic actions in attempting to control the fire, with one woman writing: "Well done for trying to help. You are a hero."
Another added: "You are a good man... well done for attempting to contain the fire till the fire brigade came."
A spokesperson for Essex Fire and Rescue said: "Firefighters were called to a fire in a bungalow in Benfleet this afternoon.
"When fire crews arrived they reported that the roof of the bungalow was alight and extinguished the fire by 4:45pm.
"Three people were left in the care of the Ambulance Service suffering from smoke inhalation.
"The cause has been recorded as accidental."