Appeal following Crewe house fire Date published: 17th May 2017 2.17pm

Officers from Crewe CID are appealing for information from the public following a house fire in Crewe.

Shortly after 2.30am today, Wednesday 17 May, emergency services were called to reports of a fire at an address on Selworthy Drive, Crewe.

Police, fire and ambulance swiftly attended the address and the fire was found to be well alight. On arrival at the scene all five occupants from the property had all managed to escape through a downstairs window.

The residents from the address, a 34-year-old woman, a 15-year-old girl and three boys, age 13, 12 and 9, were all taken to Leighton Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation; they remain in hospital at the current time.

Detective Sergeant Richard Johnson said: “We are currently keeping an open mind into the cause of this fire and we are working closely with our partners to determine the cause of ignition.

“We are currently conducting a number of enquiries in the local area and as part of this investigation I’m keen to hear from anyone who was in the Selworthy Drive area at the time of the incident and believes that they may have witnessed anything suspicious.

“I urge anyone with any information to contact the team here at Crewe CID on 101.”

Crewe Station Manager Steve McCormick from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “When we arrived we found a well-developed fire at the property and all persons were thankfully outside and accounted for. Three fire engines were called to the scene and we extinguished the flames with two hose reels and a covering jet. Our investigations into the cause are currently ongoing.”

Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Cheshire Police in 101 quoting incident number 56 of 17/5/2017. Information can also be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.