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Fire fighters tackle large house blaze at Burtonwood

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UPDATED: FIRE fighters were called out to tackle a large house blaze at Burtonwood last night (Tuesday).

The fire at The Lees off Burtonwood Road is believed to have started at around 10pm last night.

A nearby resident said:”I heard a bang at around 10pm last night, looked out at the front of our house thinking it was someone dropping something or something falling over.

“I Noticed there was mist/smoke in one of the lights on our street but thought nothing of it. Was also heard a beeping at this point like a smoke detector or something.

“We could hear shouting and lots of smaller bangs with the fire intensifying each time. The fire service arrived at about 10:30

The fire had spread however at this point and was now on the top floor and on the roof. The crews were working and at 11:35pm the side of the house where the fire started collapsed.

“We could also hear tiles smashing at this point as well. They then entered the house at about midnight if not just before and opened the upstairs windows to allow the smoke to escape. It seemed under control at this point and it doesn’t seem like it had spread to the opposite side of the house from where the fire appeared to of started.”

Fire crews successfully stopped the blaze from spreading.

Cheshire Fire service today confirmed Six fire engines attended a persons reported fire on Burtonwood Road – two from Penketh, one from Warrington, one from Lymm, one from Ellesmere Port and one from Wigan – plus an hydraulic platform from Lymm.

On arrival crews discovered a large detached house which was well alight and all persons were out of the building on arrival.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reels and two main water jets to fight the fire, which had spread to the roof.

A covering jet was also used to damp down a garage.

Due to a large amount of smoke further fire engines were deployed to the scene and a hydraulic platform was requested to attend.

Paramedics treated two people at the scene and gas and electrics at the property were isolated.

Update at 8.45am
Relief crews are now in attendance and are dealing with hot spots of fire due to the collapse of the building.

Update 14.00

Firefighters have now left the scene and an investigation is ongoing into the cause.

The scene this morning.

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