Stoke & Staffordshire

Children rescued from Stoke-on-Trent house fire

A mother and two children have been rescued and taken to hospital after a fire at a Stoke-on-Trent house.

Emergency services were called to Baskerville Road in Hanley at about 01:45 GMT.

A two-year-old girl, a six-year-old boy and their mother, 22, were taken to University Hospital North Staffordshire.

Staffordshire Police said all three were now thought to be in a stable condition.

Fire Investigation Officer Al Bateman said the fire had started accidentally, caused by an item being left too close to a halogen heater in the children's bedroom.

He said: "The property had no smoke alarms fitted so it is incredibly lucky that the woman realised there was a fire and was able to get the children out of the bedroom and bring them downstairs.

"She did however then try to put the fire out herself which we advise against doing."

The children, initially unconscious, were rescued with their mother and treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, before being taken to hospital.

Four units tackled the fire, which was brought under control within three hours.

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