More than a dozen dogs rescued from huge blaze at dog breeder's home in Hambleton
A home belonging to a dog breeder has been wrecked after an early morning blaze in Hambleton.
Six fire crews rushed to the semi-detached home in Rydal Road at 5am, along with the aerial ladder platform and drone team.
Engines from Blackpool, Bispham, Fleetwood, South Shore, St Annes and Wesham were mobilised after the fire swiftly spread through both floors.
Within two hours, the roof had collapsed at the home. Firefighters were able to prevent the flames spreading to the home next door, which has been unscathed by the blaze.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said the home's occupants have been accounted for, with three people taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
More than a dozen dogs were also rescued and the RSPCA was called to the scene to help with their welfare needs.
But after visiting the home, which belongs to a dog breeder, RSPCA officers raised concerns about the dogs' welfare.
The RSPCA said all the dogs have been taken into care whilst an investigation takes place.
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: "We were called to a house fire in Hambleton this morning (Thursday, November 21) by the fire brigade to assist with a number of dogs at the location.
"The dogs are in the RSPCA’s care subject to an on-going inquiry and are not available for rehoming.
"We cannot say any more at this time."
"The ground floor and roof space were well alight and crews used six breathing apparatus and three jets, as well as a thermal imaging camera and positive ventilation fan to dampen down the fire.
"All persons accounted."
Water pressure is reportedly low in the area and fire crews are running hoses from a supply outside a newsagents, Village News, in nearby Carr Lane.