Three crews sent to Blandford Road, Efford flat fire
Three fire crews were sent to Blandford Road, Efford, Plymouth just after 5am today after fire broke out in a flat.
Fire appliances from Crownhill and Camelshead were mobilised to attend the incident.
Crews used breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets, a safety jet, a Thermal Imaging Camera and small tools to bring the fire under control in the first floor flat.
The property was severely damaged by heat and smoke, and a positive pressure ventilation fan was used to assist removal of smoke within the flat.
A resident of the flat below, who was watching a film when the fire started, said: "We saw smoke coming through the ceiling and heard a front window smash.
"I ran up to the first-floor flat because I thought the owner's dog might still be in there - but I couldn't see anything.
"The firefighters took a good two hours to put it out, we could feel the heat coming through into our flat.
"We had a lucky escape and we're glad that our flat didn't go up."
Scenes of crime officers and fire investigators will enter the property today.
Police are treating the cause of the fire as suspicious.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.