Southport flat fire: Four in hospital

Four people have been taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after a fire at a flat in Southport.

About 20 firefighters, two fire engines and an aerial platform tackled the blaze, which broke out at about 03:00 GMT at the semi-detached property on Albert Road.

An investigation is under way into the cause of the fire.

The A565 has been closed to traffic in both directions between Alexandra Road and Saunders Street.

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