An oil boiler burst into flames last night filling a country home near Chipping Norton with smoke.

The owner raised the alarm at about 8.15pm after he realised the boiler was alight and two fire crews from Banbury and Deddington were called to the house in Hayway Lane, Hook Norton.

Firefighters went into the house to douse the flames in the ground-floor boiler room.

Crews then used thermal imaging cameras to find burned wreckage, before isolating the oil tank supply and mopping up spilled oil.

Incident commander crew manager Mike Aspinall said the house had been filled with smoke, but added the blaze had not spread from the boiler room.

He said: "The fire was noticed almost immediately after it started and with the owner calling 999 immediately, the fire could be contained causing minimal damage."

Crews used high-powered ventilation fans to clear the smoke.

The owner and two children had to be treated at the scene for the ffects of inhaling smoke and have now recovered.

Crew manager Aspinall warned residents to make sure their heating systems were regularly serviced.