TWO people have been rescued from a house fire in Runcorn in the early hours of this morning (Sunday, July 31).

The fire broke out on the ground floor of a house on Speakman Street at around 4am with three appliances rushing to the scene.

When they arrived, firefighters quickly donned breathing apparatus before entering the burning building and bringing both casualties out safely.

The two people were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital as a precaution while crews from Widnes, Runcorn and Penketh tackling the blaze.

Runcorn and Widnes World: The fire service shared this image from the sceneThe fire service shared this image from the scene

The terraced houses on either side were also checked for signs the fire hadn’t spread – with fans used to disperse smoke from all three properties.

An investigation will now be launched by the fire service to determine the cause.

A spokesman for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Two casualties were rescued from a house fire by firefighters.

“The crews in breathing apparatus rapidly deployed into the property to bring the casualties out of the burning building.

“The fire, on the ground floor, was tackled by four fighters in breathing apparatus using two hose reel jets as other crew members gave casualty care until the ambulance service arrived.

“Once the fire was out, damping down was carried out and the property, including the loft space, thoroughly checked to ensure there were no hot spots or fire spread.

“The properties either side of the affected building were also checked to ensure there was no fire spread. Smoke was cleared from the three houses using high pressure fans.

“Both casualties were taken to hospital as a precaution.

“An investigation into the cause of the fire is being carried out.”