The body of a man has been discvovered by firefighters tackling a blaze in Neston. 

At 2.05am this morning police were called by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service to a flat fire on Parkgate Road.

While crews were tackling the fire and searching the premises, the body of a man was discovered in one of the rooms.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The gas supply to the property was isolated and two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a main jet and a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire which is believed to have started in the kitchen.

It spread to the roof space and the shop underneath the flat has sustained water damage due to leaking pipes.

The fire did not spread to neighbouring properties.

The road was closed by police, and paramedics accessed someone at a neighbouring property who was suffering the effects of smoke inhalation, but did not need to be taken to hospital.

Police and fire officers are investigating the circumstances and say inquiries are in the early stages.

The man's next of kin has been informed.

Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 613997, or visit