The occupants of a house in Elton had to be evacuated to safety after a gas canister exploded, forcing the property's front windows out.

Two fire crews from Ellesmere Port were called to the scene, on School Lane just after 6am on Sunday (January 18).

The home's next door neighbours were also evacuated as a precaution after a small blaze in the living room.

After investigation,  the cause of the explosion and fire was a propane gas canister which had been near an open fireplace.