A MAN jumped to safety from a fire in Accrington.

He climbed out of a third-floor window of a house in Abbey Street and dropped to an extension roof.

Two crews from Hyndburn, one from Haslingden, one from Rawtenstall, an Aerial Ladder Platform and support pump and crews from Preston were sent after a 999 call at 6.54pm.

The caller feared people might be trapped in the building.

The fire on Monday evening, which destroyed the kitchen, is thought possibly to have started because of a cooking ring being left on.

Crews from Haslingden, Rawtenstall and Preston searched the property and adjacent buildings. They found the house had no working smoke alarms.

A Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "This was appropriate to the extent of search and rescue and firefighting anticipated.

"Firefighters equipped with breathing apparatus used two hosereel jets to extinguish a fire in the kitchen, and preventing its spread to the rest of the building.

"Searches for casualties established that no-one was trapped or injured by the fire.

"The cause of the fire is being looked into."