AN investigation has been launched into the cause of a house fire in Widnes this morning.

Shortly before noon firefighters were called to a report of a fire at a house in Heralds Close, Ditton.

Two fire engines attended, one from Widnes and one from Penketh


On arrival crews found smoke coming from a first floor bedroom.

A Cheshire Fire And Rescue Service spokesperson said no-one was unaccounted for.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire with a hose reel jet.

A covering jet and safety jets were also used.

Once the fire was out firefighters inspected the loft space to see if the fire had spread there.

They used a thermal imaging camera and found some hotspots in the loft, which were damped down.

Firefighters wearing respirators damped all the other areas affected by the fire down to make them safe and used a large fan to clear smoke from the house.

They also checked the loft space of neighbouring properties to make sure that the fire had not spread to them.

Firefighters were in attendance for around two hours and 20 minutes.