Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service at the scene of the fire. Picture by Shane Thornton @iowimages.
UPDATED WEDNESDAY 16:43*
FIVE people were rescued after a fire broke out in a flat in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight last night (Wednesday).
Three fire engines were sent to tackle the blaze at a flat on High Street, Ventnor, which originated on the ground floor flat.
Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service was called at
10.43pm and three fire engines were sent to tackle the blaze at a flat on High Street, Ventnor.
One person was rescued from a balcony at the back of the property, while firefighters advised four others to access the roof.
At 11.15pm, one person had been rescued, while the other four were on the roof.
Firefighters requested an aerial ladder platform to help reach them
The police and ambulance services also attended.
A fire and rescue service spokesman confirmed this morning (Thursday) that an investigation into the cause of the fire would be launched this morning.
The pictures below, taken by County Press reader Oliver Dobson, show firefighters on the scene.
* Isle of Wight police have confirmed they are working with the fire and rescue service to investigate the blaze and have appealed for witnesses to contact them.
Anyone with information about the incident can contact Isle of Wight Investigation Team at Newport police station by phoning 101 quoting crime ref 44140179072.
Mini-Com users can call the police on 18001 101. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.