A house has been completely destroyed, and two people and a dog evacuated after a fire broke out in one of the bedrooms.

Fire crews from Hyndburn, Bacup, and colleagues from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, along with an aerial ladder platform crew from Preston, were called to a terraced house in Cedar Avenue, Haslingden, just before 8.30pm on Friday, January 19.

According to fire bosses at Hyndburn station, the occupants of the property discovered the fire in the back bedroom, but managed to leave the house safely before the fire service arrived.

Thankfully no-one was injured and the people living at the address were able to find temporary accommodation with family.

A spokesperson for the fire service said: “The houses either side of the property had to be evacuated while we checked for fire spread.

“The fire had spread into the roof space but luckily, we were able to contain it before it spread to the neighbouring properties.

“We don’t know yet exactly started the fire, but we believe it to be accidental.

“The neighbouring householders were allowed back into their homes eventually, and the final crews left the scene at around 3.30am.

“Our investigation has now closed, and it will now be down to the householder, or council, to make arrangements in terms of insurance, but they won’t be able to re-enter the property until work to make it safe has been carried out.”

It is believed the roof of the house is still in-tact, but the internal rooms have been left severely smoke damaged, with the back bedroom thought to be destroyed.

The spokesperson added: “At 8.25pm on January 19, five fire engines from Bacup, Hyndburn, and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, together with an aerial ladder platform from Preston, attended a domestic building fire on Cedar Avenue, Haslingden, Rossendale.

“Firefighters used four breathing apparatus, two hose reels, and one jet to extinguish the fire.”