Four crews from Longton, Hanley and Newcastle were called to a house fire on Lightwood Road, Longton at 4.00am this morning.
A motorcycle adjacent to the property was well alight and had spread the blaze to the entrance of the three-storey property, blocking the five occupant’s exit and trapping them inside in a bedroom.
Fire Control operators provided the occupants with fire survival advice whilst firefighters erected a 13.5 metre ladder outside to rescue them. Neighbours surrounding the property were also evacuated as a precautionary measure.
Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets to tackle the fire which has left the porch, door and hallway severely damaged and other areas of the property smoke logged.
All five occupants, four adults and one teenager were rescued from the bedroom and firefighters also rescued three dogs and two tortoises from elsewhere in the property.
Four of the five persons rescued were taken to University Hospital North Staffordshire for precautionary checks and have been released this morning.
Firefighters and crime scene officers have returned to the property this morning at 9.00am to carry out an official investigation into the cause of the fire.