Devon

Three in hospital after Plymouth house fire

Fire-damaged house
Image caption Two terrapins were also rescued from the property and handed over to the RSPCA

Three people have been taken to hospital after fire crews rescued them from a house fire in Devon.

Firefighters were called to Chaddlewood Avenue, in Plymouth at 06:30 BST after a woman and two men were trapped inside the property.

They were rescued from a first floor window and taken to the city's Derriford Hospital suffering from severe smoke inhalation.

Two terrapins were also rescued and handed over to the RSPCA.

Image caption Chaddlewood Avenue was closed while crews tackled the fire

The road was closed while crews tackled the fire.

Lee Howell, chief fire officer from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, said: "As fire service professionals we often play down the significant impact we can make at incidents like this - but today three people are still alive because of the professionalism, skill and dedication of the control room operators and fire crews."

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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