VIDEO: Neighbours speak out over Mereside fire

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Firefighters are tackling a severe blaze at a family home in Mereside.

Five fire engines from Blackpool, South Shore, Bispham, and St Annes were called to the mid-terrace house at Rusland Avenue in Mereside at around 12.05pm.

Teams of firefighters at Rusland Avenue. Pic: Mathew Hewitt-Osborne (Facebook)

Teams of firefighters at Rusland Avenue. Pic: Mathew Hewitt-Osborne (Facebook)

Neighbour Caroline Lea, 34, said: “It was horrendous. It was popping everywhere and blowing up all over the place. The house is just gone. I’ve never seen anything so terrible in my life.

“I heard my neighbour screaming and I ran to the door. She was just in bits. The house next door was on fire and within five minutes it had taken hold. It sounded like something was exploding inside. The whole roof was on fire. It’s been absolutely obliterated.

“The people who live there are just a normal family - they’ve got kids and they’re going to have to come home from school to that.

Jack Kneale, 18. who lives two doors down, said: “I was having a long lie-in and I woke up to a woman screaming outside. I went outside and the house was on fire. The windows were exploding, the door was banging because it was open and flames were pouring out the windows.”

Fire at Rusland Avenue (photo by Jack Kneale)

Fire at Rusland Avenue (photo by Jack Kneale)

Lancashire Fire and Rescue spokesman Richard Edney said firefighters wearing breathing masks searched inside the property following fears somebody might have been inside.

Everybody has since been accounted for and nobody has been injured, he said, although he described the house as being ‘well alight’.

He said: “We are still fighting the fire, and we are focusing on the roof space to stop it spreading.”

Pictures taken at the scene show thick smoke coming from the house, while police say windows there have been ‘blown out’.

Fire at Rusland Avenue (photo by Jack Kneale)

Fire at Rusland Avenue (photo by Jack Kneale)

The family were too distressed to speak.

More to follow.

The fire has caused heavy smoke. Pic: Toni Trickovic (Facebook)

The fire has caused heavy smoke. Pic: Toni Trickovic (Facebook)

Emergency services at the scene. Pic: Toni Trickovic (Facebook)

Emergency services at the scene. Pic: Toni Trickovic (Facebook)