A MAN and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of child neglect after three children were rescued from a house fire in Sankey Bridges.

At around 12.15am this morning, Friday firefighters were called to a report of a smoke alarm sounding at a house in Samuel Street and that people were inside the property.

On arrival firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued three children who were upstairs out of the property.

The smoke was caused by a pan of food having been left cooking on a hob.

It spread from the kitchen to the lounge.

Firefighters turned the hob off and ventilated the house to clear the smoke.

A spokesperson from Cheshire Police said: "Three children, aged four, eight and 10, were rescued from the address by firefighters and assessed at the scene by paramedics as a precautionary measure.

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"A 40-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman have both been arrested on suspicion of child neglect in connection with the incident."