A LATE-night fire drama saw a dozen residents evacuated from an Accrington street on Tuesday.
The fire started in the roof section of an empty terraced house at the corner of Richmond Hill Street and Major Street, and spread to the adjoining two houses.
The house had been undergoing renovation and was scaffolded up.
Fire crews were called at 11.25pm and spent over three hours tackling the blaze using two hosereels, four sets of breathing apparatus and an aerial ladder platform with jet.
Police temporarily closed off the road and ordered the evacuation of several properties on Major Street.
It is understood most of the evacuated families were cleared to return to their beds within a few hours, but one man was given emergency accommodation as his home was still deemed unsafe.
Peter Mitchell, 58, spent the night in the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-le-Moors, and returned to inspect the damage at around 10am the following morning.
He said: "I was sat here getting ready for bed when somebody came banging on the door and said the house next door is on fire.
"I thought they were joking but I looked across and the top house had gone up in the roof space.
"I went upstairs and thought it would be okay but looked up in the loft and could see the flames from next door.
"The firemen didn’t think it was wise for me to stay here last night. They wanted to keep an eye on it."
Watch manager Nick Ingham said: "The fire has destroyed the roof to the house and the adjoining properties, and smoke-logged the first floor."
The cause of the fire is under investigation.