The scene of the fire in St Helens. Picture by CJ Photography.
FIREFIGHTERS have been called to an Isle of Wight property this afternoon (Thursday) after fire broke out.
Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service was called to the property, in Lower Green Road, St Helens, at 1.09pm. It is believed the building may have been hit by lightning.
Several fire engines and an aerial ladder platform have been called to the scene, according to a spokesman.
At 1.40pm, firefighters were still tackling the blaze, which had been confined to the roof space and 'upper' accommodation.
A neighbour said: "We had a massive lightning strike and then we heard sirens. I ran out and saw smoke pouring out of the house."
Witnesses reported thick smoke coming from the house and loud 'popping' noises could be heard coming from the building. Flames could be seen coming from the roof at around 1.50pm.
"The smoke was so thick, you could barely see the house from 50 yards away," said one witness.
It is believed someone may have been in the house at the time. Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed everyone has been accounted for.
There was a fire in the roof of the same house in the last eight weeks, according to a neighbour.
* At 3.20pm a fire and rescue spokeswoman said four fire engines were still at the scene and firefighters were damping down. The Red Cross was also on scene.
*It was initially reported that the fire was at St Helens Garage. This was due to incorrect information supplied.