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'Help, help, fire!': Neighbours forced to flee their homes after as flames engulf terraced house

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People living near a house that was engulfed by flames say they were filled with fear as they were forced to flee their own homes.

The blaze broke out at a mid-terraced property on Oldham Road in the Wellfield area of Rochdale, shortly before 4am on Friday.

A total of 10 properties were evacuated after emergency services raced to the scene and began tackling the blaze. Neighbours have now told the Manchester Evening News of their horror after waking to find smoke in their own homes and flames 'gushing' out into the street behind them. READ MORE: CCTV of person cops want to speak to released after man bursts into shop with meat cleaver READ MORE: "Not a day goes by that we don't miss her..." - Tributes to woman killed by her partner in brutal hammer attack Rose Heveron, 67, alerted the fire service before her and husband James 86, got of their home next door to the property where the blaze broke out.

Rose said she at around 2am she heard what sounded like 'something smashing' which woke her up and meant she immediately spotted the blaze as it broke just under two hours later. "I heard someone say 'help, help fire' she said. "I looked out and could see smoke coming from the window.

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