Family escape house blaze

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A FAMILY had to break out of their home after a blaze ripped through their lounge in the early hours of this morning.

Crews from Havant fire station were called to the incident at Parkhouse Farm Way at around 1am this morning.

The family, two parents and two children, had to break a window at the back of the semi-detached property to escape.

They were already out of the house when fire crews arrived at the scene.

The family was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.

Around 12 fire fighters used breaking-in equipment to enter the property and tackled the blaze using breathing apparatus and hose reel jets.

It took around 20 minutes to extinguish the fire.

A spokesman for the fire service described the blaze as ‘severe’.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.