FIREFIGHTERS rescued a man from a smoke-filled home after a blaze broke out earlier today (Monday).

Emergency service crews rushed to the scene in Fernhurst Road, Calcot, shortly before 7.30am.

They arrived to find smoke billowing from the semi-detached property and it was understood crews had to break down the front door to get inside.

Firemen then rescued a male resident who was inside the smoke-filled house before dousing the flames with water.

A spokesman for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "At 7.20am on Monday, October 23, Thames Valley Fire Control Service received reports of a fire at a property on Fernhurst Road in Calcot.

"Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service crews from Caversham Road, Dee Road and Whitley Wood Fire Stations were sent to the scene.

"Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke coming from the property. Crews found a fire in the kitchen and first floor bedroom, so four firefighters in breathing apparatus used two hose reels to extinguish it. The crews then used a fan to ventilate the area.

"Firefighters rescued an individual from the property and they were treated for smoke inhalation before being handed over to the care of South Central Ambulance Service."

Firefighers and police officers could be seen stood outside the property this monring.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze is ongoing.

More follows.