A COUPLE in their 70s had to be rescued by firefighters using a ladder after a fire broke out at a house in East Lancashire earlier today.

Crews from Hyndburn and Blackburn fire stations were alerted to a blaze broke out in the kitchen of a house in Hodder Street, Accrington, at around 4.20am.

Fire chiefs say a man managed to jump from a first floor and a woman managed to escape the property, before the arrived.

But firefighters had to help a couple from a window at the top of the property, off Clarendon Street.

Watch manager Garry Drinkwater said firefighters also had to prevent the fire from spreading to a nearby gas meter.

Electricity has been affected as a result of the incident, he added.

The effects of this property have also been evacuated as a safety precaution.

Mr. Drinkwater told the Telegraph: "When we arrived with intense fire.

"One man had managed to jump from a first-floor window to the rear of the property, sustaining injuries, and a woman had also managed to get out.

"The two who have been rescued from a room on the first floor of the property."

Paramedics treated those who had been inside the property at the scene.

He said that fire investigation officers had inquired into the cause of the blaze.

Hodder Street was cordoned off as far as Clarendon Street by police.