AN investigation is underway today after fire ripped through a home in a Hampshire village.

A family fled to safety as flames engulfed the roof space of the house in Willow Green, Colden Common last night.

Twenty-six fire fighters were called to the scene and used an aerial ladder platform, eight breathing apparatus and three jets as they tackled the blaze.

Teams from Eastleigh, Winchester, Redbridge and St Mary's spent four hours battling the flames, which had spread from the roof space to the first floor.

The fire, which started at around 10.45pm, is thought to have been caused by an electrical fault.

Watch manager Mark Compton, of Eastleigh Fire Station, first on the scene, said: “It's still under investigation but it looks like the fire was caused by a possible electrical fault.

“It was difficult to deal with because it was already a developed fire when we arrived. But luckily everyone got out safely in time.”

It is understood the family has gone to stay with relatives.