Dec 12 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
A WOMAN was rescued by fire crews on Friday night after she became trapped in a house following a suspected arson attack.
Firefighters were called to the house on Barns Road, Pennylands, at 11:30pm on Friday evening.
The woman in her 20s was seen screaming for help at an upstairs window by neighbours who called the fire brigade.
The blaze is being treated as suspicious as liquid was reportedly thrown through the letterbox and ignited deliberately by an unknown offender.
The fire set the plastic front door on fire destroying the door and causing extensive smoke damage throughout the house.
Four firefighters used a hose reel and breathing apparatus to reach the woman in the upstairs bedroom.
The firemen found her lying unconscious and carried her through the burning building to safety outside where she was treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation before being taken to hospital.
The firefighters then put out the fire which had spread from the front door to the hallway downstairs.
Crews were at the scene for around an hour and a half and three fire engines attended the blaze.
Police are currently treating the fire as suspicious and are following all possible lines of enquiry.
Officers are appealing for information and are encouraging anyone who has any information to contact them on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.