Update: A man has had a lucky escape this morning after he managed to get out of his South Fremantle home before flames engulfed the ground level.

The man, understood to be in his 40s, was in his Department of Housing home on Hampton Road when a fire broke out preventing him from exiting through the front door.

Emergency services were called to the two storey townhouse about 7am after reports of smoke and flames from the property.

When firefighters arrived they discovered the man still inside the house crying out for help.

The man managed to make his way to a back door and did not need to be rescued.

He was taken to Fremantle Hospital for smoke inhalation but was soon released and allowed to return to his home.

It took fire crews about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control.

The home is believed to be structurally sound but has sustained considerable fire damage to the ground floor and smoke damage to the upper level.

An adjoining townhouse was not damaged by the fire.

Shortly after the fire was reported a van is understood to have rolled on its side at the nearby intersection of Hampton Road and Lefroy Road.

No one was seriously injured in the accident.

Hampton Road was closed in both directions between South Street and Lefroy Road for about two hours before being reopened.

The West Australian

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