EMERGENCY services have been called to a house fire in Blackwater this afternoon (Saturday) amid concerns for people trapped inside.

Three fire engines from Newport, Cowes and Shanklin Fire Stations were called to the scene, at Blackwater Hollow, at 5.11pm, along with police.

A further two fire engines have been requested and the Isle of Wight Ambulance service is currently on the way.

A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service said: "We are treating it as persons reported, meaning we believe there may be people inside of the property."

Southern Vectis said diversions were in place on its Route 3 service and buses would be unable to serve Rookley.

UPDATE 6.20pm: An Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson has now confirmed everyone in the house has been accounted for, and the fire is now extinguished.

The spokesperson said: "The fire has now been extingished and we are just carrying out checks to ensure everything is safe.

"There have been no casualties."

UPDATE 7.23pm: A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue service has confirmed the fire started in an outbuilding before spreading to the ground floor of the house.

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