Six fire engines were called to tackle a house fire in which flames and thick black smoke had burst through the roof.

A 999 call was made at around 10.45am on Monday to say a fire had broken out in the loft space of a house on Radfield Avenue in Darwen

Six crews attended the incident, and spent around two hours extinguishing the flames.

No-one was injured during the fire, and all persons within the house had already evacuated by the time the fire service arrived. 

It is believed that a neighbouring property had to be evacuated as a precaution, so that firefighters could access the attic to check for fire spread.

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As of 1.30pm, three crews remain at the scene, damping down, checking for hot spots, making the property safe and tidying up. 

It is not thought the cause of the fire to be suspicious. 

A spokesperson for the fire service said: "We were called at around 10.45am to a fire in a house in Radfield Avenue in Darwen.

"The call came through that everyone in the house was already out.

"The fire involved the roof space of the property and was well alight when firefighters arrived.

"An additional three fire engines attended (totalling six) and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire.

"Six fire engines stayed until the fire was extinguished and three appliances remain at the scene monitoring the spread and damping down.

"The ambulance service were called to provide a check up on one person but treatment was refused as they said they were ok."

It is not yet known the cause of the fire or extent of the damage.