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Two people are missing after a house fire near Penrith

Fire in Knock Credit: ITV Border

Two people are missing after a house fire in the early hours of Easter Sunday morning in a remote Cumbrian village.

Fire crews and police were scrambled to the scene in Knock, close to Appleby, just before 2am.

Cumbria Police have confirmed that two people are still unaccounted for following the blaze in the mid-terraced property in Lyndale.

Fire fighters are still dampening down the flames after they spread to neighbouring properties.

A man who lives close to Knock but who didn't wish to be named said:

It is simply terrible that this has happened, especially on Easter Sunday.

I drove to church at about 7.30am and saw the fire fighters and police. When I left to come home again at 9am they were still there. I didn't think it was that serious as I just saw smoke, no flames.

The village is predominantly made up of holiday homes. Nearly all of them have open fires or wood burning stoves."

– Knock resident

A spokesperson for Cumbria Fire and Rescue said:

At 1.49am four fire engines from Appleby, Penrith and Kirby Stephens and an aerial ladder platform from Carlisle east as well as several specialist appliances attended a fire involving a mid terraced property in the C3065 in Knock.

The fire spread to the neighbouring properties and firefighters used two breathing apparatus, three hose reel jets and an aerial ladder platform to bring the fire under control.

Crews remain at the scene dampening down the fire."

– Cumbria Fire and Rescue

A spokesperson for Cumbria Police added:

We can confirm that there has been a house fire and there are two persons unaccounted for.

The cause of the fire is currently unexplained and officers are working closely with colleagues from Cumbria Fire and Rescue."

– Cumbria Police