A MAN was taken to hospital and a dog has died following a house blaze in Lower Kinnerton, Chester.

Emergency teams are investigating the cause of the blaze, which happened at a semi-detached home on Kinnerton Road just before 9.45pm on Sunday, February 10.

Three fire engines – one from Chester, one from Powey Lane and one from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service – were called to the blaze. On arrival, all persons were accounted for and the semi-detached house was heavily smoke logged, with smoke coming out of the windows.

A man had suffered burns to his head as a result of the fire. He was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital via an ambulance.

The man had tried to go back into the house before firefighters arrived as his dog was in there. Unfortunately, the man and firefighters were unable to save the dog, who died in the fire.

An eyewitness, who asked not to be named, said she heard the sirens and could see smoke coming from the building next to Moor End Farm in Lower Kinnerton.

She said she saw one fire engine, an ambulance and several police cars at the property and heard the dog had died in the fire.

The house's gas and electricity supply were isolated and six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property. They used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire.

A safety jet was also put in place. The fire was contained in the living room of the house.

Once the fire was out, firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to check for hotspots and a large fan to clear smoke from the house.

Firefighters were in attendance for around three hours and 40 minutes.