FIVE people escaped from a house fire in a Somerset village in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday).

The two adults and three children had managed to get out of the building in Folly Road, Kingsbury Episcopi by the time fire crews arrived on the scene shortly after 2am.

Fire engines from Martock, Yeovil and Ilminster Fire Stations were sent to the incident, along with the incident support unit from Martock.

Firefighters confirmed a fire in the kitchen of the two-storey detached home and they extinguished it within half an hour.

The kitchen was fire damaged and the rest of the property was damaged by smoke.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and rescue Service spokesperson said: "Five occupants of the property, two adults and three children, had left the building on arrival of the fire crew.

"The two adults suffering from smoke inhalation were rendered oxygen therapy and removed to hospital for precautionary observation."

A spokesperson for Martock Fire Station said: "The occupants of the property were alerted to the fire by a working smoke alarm, which gave them crucial minutes to evacuate and call us out.

"A fantastic example of the importance of having and maintaining smoke alarms."