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Childer Thornton man taken to hospital after house fire near primary school

Firefighters called to the blaze on New School Lane in the middle of the night

A bedroom blaze in the middle of the night in Ellesmere Port saw a man taken to hospital after breathing in smoke.

The first floor of the house in New School Lane, Childer Thornton , went up in flames, but a cause is not yet known.

Emergency services were called to the fire near Childer Thornton Primary School just after 1am on Wednesday (March 16).

A Cheshire Police spokeswoman said a man had been taken to hospital due to 'mild smoke inhalation'.

When firefighters arrived the first floor of the house was already 'well alight'. Crews went in wearing breathing apparatus and used the hose jet to damp down the fire along with a fan to clear the smoke.

Pictures from a house fire on New School Lane in Childer Thornton on March 16(Image: Andy McLannahan)

Pictures show a hole burnt out in the roof and blackened damage to the walls of the home.

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An investigation into what started the blaze is under way.

Cheshire Fire, who left the scene shortly after 9.30am, issued a warning to always keep smoke alarms fitted and working.

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