A pub has been severely damaged following a fire at a public house.

The Worlds End in Fort Road, Tilbury has suffered severe damage after a fire broke out at around 1am this morning.

Fire crews from Grays, Orsett and Corringham all attended the blaze to find the building filled with smoke and 20 per cent of the exterior of the building was alight.

By 2am, the fire had been tamed.

Firefighters removed some of the roof tiles to check for hotspots beneath the roof.

The fire was fully extinguished by 2.30am.

An investigation is now ongoing to establish the cause of the fire.