A HOUSE fire which hospitalised a mum and her four children is being investigated by police.

Emergency services were called to reports of a fire at a two-storey semi-detached property in Selworthy Drive, Crewe, at 2.30am on Wednesday, May 17.

Two fire engines from Crewe and one from Nantwich attended the incident, alongside police and paramedics.

Crews found the fire to be well alight, and used two hose reels and one covering jet to extinguish the blaze.

The family – a 34-year-old mum, her 15-year-old daughter, and sons aged 13, 12 and nine – were taken to Leighton Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation after escaping through a downstairs window.

All five remain in the hospital following treatment.

Det Sgt Richard Johnson said: “We are currently keeping an open mind into the cause of this fire and we are working closely with our partners to determine the cause of ignition.

“We are currently conducting a number of enquiries in the local area and as part of this investigation I’m keen to hear from anyone who was in the Selworthy Drive area at the time of the incident and believes that they may have witnessed anything suspicious.

“I urge anyone with any information to contact the team here at Crewe CID on 101.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 56 of May 17, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.