Eight people rescued from fire in Southport flats

Eight people have been rescued after a fire spread through a block of flats in Southport, Merseyside.

The residents, who included a 20-year-old mother and her baby, had to climb out of their windows in East Bank Street on Wednesday night.

Firefighters then guided them to safety by using ladders from the first floor. No-one was badly injured.

The blaze, which started in the fire exit, is being treated as suspicious and police are investigating.

Watch manager Les Sullivan, from Southport Fire Station, said: "Luckily no-one was seriously injured.

"Several people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. It was difficult to escape because the first floor had become so smoke logged.

"The fire is currently under investigation."

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