A FAMILY has escaped unharmed after a severe fire broke out in the bedroom of their house.

Fire crews say around five or six people made it to safety thanks to the working fire alarms in the downstairs of their home.

Two crews - from Burnley - were called to the scene in Springfield Road, Burnley Wood, Burnley, at around 5.40pm yesterday.

The people in the house had managed to escape by the time fire crews arrived and nobody was injured. 

Lancashire Telegraph:

Crew manager Brian Welch said the fire had destroyed a bedroom in the house.

He said: "This was a severe fire in an end of a terrace property.

"Around five or six people including a family and friends were out of the house by the time crews arrived.

"They had been alerted by a working smoke alarm downstairs that there was a fire upstairs in a bedroom."

Lancashire Telegraph:

An eyewitness at the scene said: "I just heard a lot of noise and saw fire engines.

Another eyewitness said: "There were fire crews and a I saw a fire investigation car.

"I've only moved into the area about a month and a half ago and there's been quite a few fires.

"It's a bit of a shock what's happened."

Another resident added: "I only saw what had happened this morning.

"They're quite a big family with a few children and I hope they're all okay." 

Lancashire Telegraph:

Crews spent around three hours battling the fire and used four breathing apparatus, one hose reel and a ventilation unit to put out the fire. 

The fire service added: "Two fire engines from Burnley attended a house fire on Springfield Road, Burnley. Firefighters used four breathing apparatus, one hose reel and a ventilation unit to extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported."

An investigation is now underway into the cause of the fire.