This was the scene after a blaze ripped through a Chorley bungalow, leaving the occupants homeless.
The home, on Hillhouse Lane, Brindle, was left ‘completely destroyed’ after the fire, which started just after 7am on Tuesday.
It is thought the couple, who are in were sleeping upstairs when they were woken by smoke. They fled their home before the blaze spread.
A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue said the fire had ‘pretty much completely destroyed’ the five bedroom rural home.
At the height of the blaze up to 30 firefighters were at the scene, where crews remained for more than 12 hours.
The spokesman said: “We got a call at 7.15am on Tuesday morning to a bungalow in Brindle and when the firefighters arrived the roof void was well alight.
“The occupiers were out of the house by the time we got there.
“The fire damage was 80 per cent to the whole bungalow. It was pretty much completely destroyed.”
He said the cause of the blaze was not yet known but fire investigators were set to begin working on the cause.
He said: “There is nothing at this stage to indicate what caused it.
“It was a big operation with two hose reels and one jet used and we also requested the aerial ladder platform.
“Four firefighters were sent in using breathing apparatus and we used a big mobile van to help extinguish the fire and clear the property of smoke.
“Crews were coming and going throughout the day and left at about 8.55pm.”
The Guardian understands the couple are now staying with family while they assess the damage to their home.