Stoke & Staffordshire

Man taken to hospital after suspicious house fire

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Image caption Three fire engines were deployed to the scene in Rathbone Avenue

A man has been taken to hospital after a "suspicious" fire started in a back garden outbuilding.

He had to be rescued from the blaze, in Rathbone Avenue, Newcastle-under-Lyme, which affected two homes, Staffordshire Police said.

Firefighters were called at 04:15 BST, and brought the fire under control by about 05:55.

He is being treated for smoke inhalation in hospital, Staffordshire Police said.

A family in the second house escaped by themselves.

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