Elderly man suffers burns in house fire

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An elderly man was rushed to a specialist burns unit after being rescued from a house fire.

Fire crews were called to an end terrace property on North Albert Street, Fleetwood, shortly after 2.30am this morning (Tuesday).

Fire fighters had to force entry into the property to rescue the man, in his 70s, who they said was only semi-conscious and had suffered severe burns as well as the effects of smoke inhalation.

He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “A man in his 70s was rescued from inside and has serious burns.”

Emergency services were alerted to the blaze after neighbours heard fire alarms going off in the house.

Three engines, from Fleetwood and Bispham fire stations, battled the blaze until around 6am, which ripped through the ground floor of the home and caused some smoke damage to an adjoining property.

Police were called to the scene at around 2.50am and some neighbouring properties were evacuated.

An investigation is now underway into the cause of the fire.