FIREFIGHTERS were called to the scene of a house fire on Brunshaw road, Burnley at around 4.39am this morning.

Two engines were initially sent but on finding the property "well alight" were reinforced by a further three.

Eight firefighters with four hose reels tackled the blaze and extinguished the main roof blaze at around 6am.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Initial reports said that there was fire coming from a roof at a property on Brunshaw Road, Burnley.

"Two fire crews from Burnley attended and on arrival requested support from the Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) from Hyndburn and an additional three fire crews from Nelson and Bacup.

"The fire involved the roof space of the property and was well alight. Eight firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire using four hose reels.

"At approximately 06:00hrs the fire in the roof space was extinguished and firefighters were damping down.

"The incident was reduced to two fire engines and the ALP, however a road closure was still in effect."

Emergency services have closed the road between the junctions of Ridge Avenue/Brunshaw Road and Rimington Avenue/Brunshaw Road and recommend that the area be avoided in order to allow them to make the area safe.

Heavy traffic has been reported around the property, which is located near the Tesco Express store.