Three rescued in house fire

Police at the scene of the house fire on Sandy Lane, Lowton

Police at the scene of the house fire on Sandy Lane, Lowton

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A MOTHER and two children had to be rescued by fire-fighters following a blaze at their home in Lowton.

The woman and her children, who are aged five and 11, were found upstairs at the house in Sandy Lane and rescued together with the family’s pet dog from the terraced house at around 4am yesterday morning.

The children and the spaniel dog were rescued by fire-fighters wearing breathing apparatus, who then before getting the mother out of the property through the front bedroom window using an extension ladder.

Two fire engines from Leigh and one from Atherton attended the blaze, and were at the house for around an hour and three-quarters.

Firefighters used hose reels and breathing apparatus to tackle the fire, then used a positive pressure ventilator to draw the smoke out of the house.

Watch Manager Iain Ronaldson said: “We broke the front door down and all the smoke started coming out.

“Fire-fighters wearing breathing apparatus went in and carried the two children out. The mother was rescued from the bedroom window by ladder.”

A neighbour living on the opposite side of the road, who asked not to be named, said; “I only noticed anything when I looked at the CCTV camera this morning. At the time I slept right through it. I saw a fire engine turn up on the camera at about 4.05am, and that was it.

“I only really looked at the house and noticed what was happening this morning when I saw the police cars were outside.”

An investigation has begun into the cause of the fire, which is believed to have started in a storage container in the kitchen.

The scene was also attended by officers from Wigan CID and representatives from the council’s Children and Young People’s Services, who are investigating.