MORE than 30 firefighters were tackling a blaze at a house in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Police from Banbury joined more than eight fire crews from around the county and beyond.

The house fire, which the force describes as 'serious' broke out just before 1am.

Crews rushed to the scene in Mascord Road, which is part of the Bretch Hill estate in Banbury.

The residential street was closed for the duration of the incident, into Sunday morning.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service shared a picture on Facebook of the dramatic aftermath of the fire which left the house with blacked out windows, and burnt out bricks.

The pictures show an exposed roof from the inside of the house, and a ladder used by firefighters to get inside.

Firefighters and trucks from Banbury, Chipping Norton, Buckingham, Fenny Compton and Lemington Spa were the first on the scene to the dramatic blaze, and were followed by further crews from Deddington and Bicester.

The two residents who live at the house with their dog were able to escape the fire, with assistance from their neighbours who had smelt smoke and became aware of the fire.

It is understood that nobody is hurt.

Despite the cause of the fire not yet being known, it is believed that the flames started outside of the house and then 'rapidly' spread to the inside.

Fire officers are still investigating the cause, but it is not believed to be suspicious.

At the time of the fire, police in Banbury tweeted to say they were assisting fire and rescue with their reports of a house fire.