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Rochdale house fire: Seven people and a puppy rescued

Car fire
Image caption Firefighters rescued four adults and three children after the car fire spread to the house

Seven people and a puppy have been rescued after a suspected arson attack on a house in Rochdale.

Firefighters were called to Manchester Road, Castleton, at 03:30 GMT after an "intense fire" started in a Volkswagen Golf and spread to the home.

Four adults and three children were pulled from the two-storey building.

Two people returned to attempt to save the puppy and were rescued for a second time, firefighters said.

Greater Manchester Police later confirmed they were treating the fire as arson with the intent to endanger life.

Officers are yet to arrest anyone in connection with the blaze.

Mohammed Noman, who lives at the property, said: "Something like this you're never prepared for, you don't know what to do. You just grab everyone and try to get out as quick as possible.

"The only thing that matters is we're ok, our family is ok."

Image caption The family's puppy Kai was also rescued from the blaze

Station manager Paul Whittaker, of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The fire involving a car had rapidly come into contact with the ground floor windows, spreading to the rest of the property.

"Crews worked incredibly hard to carry out the safe rescue of so many people and get the fire under control."

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