TWO people were rescued from a house fire in Oxford - and one was saved by neighbours from a first floor window.

A smoke alarm was what alerted the two residents of the house in Kingston Road, Jericho to the 'serious' blaze.

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Firefighters from Rewley Road and Slade stations attended, with the first crew on scene in just over four minutes.

They found that a male with burns had been rescued and a 'well-developed' fire was spreading through the semi-detached house.

Oxford Mail: Jericho house fire

Wearing breathing apparatus, the crews fought the fire with hosereels and treated the injured resident.

The fire service said the working smoke alarm alerted the occupiers and 'without doubt' saved their lives giving them the valuable seconds to escape and raise the alarm. 

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The cause of the fire is under investigation with specialist officers and Thames Valley Police on scene.

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