FIREFIGHTERS were called out to reports of a blaze at a University of Chester building in the early hours of today (October 4).

Two engines – one from Chester and another from Powey Lane – attended the Parkgate Road campus shortly before 1.30am.

The fire involved an extractor fan and was out before crews arrived, although they spent 45 minutes at the scene to make sure the area was safe.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Shortly before 1.30am firefighters were notified of a fire within the grounds of a university on Parkgate Road in Chester.

"The fire involving an extractor fan on the second floor of a building was out on arrival. Firefighters isolated and removed the fan.

"They also made sure that the fire had not spread beyond the fan, looking for hotspots with a thermal imaging camera.

"Firefighters were in attendance for around 45 minutes."

Elsewhere, crews in Ellesmere Port were called to house in Moorland Road at around 4.45pm yesterday following reports of smoke coming from a boiler.

With a thermal imaging camera showing high heat levels in the boiler, firefighters isolated the gas and electricity supplies to it.

Once they were satisfied that the house was safe they left the address.

Firefighters were in attendance for more than half-an-hour.