A fire which spread from a courtyard into a house via an external vent was tackled by fire crews from North Cornwall. Firefighters from Launceston were went to the blaze in the Broad Park area of the town at 1.10pm yesterday, after reports of black smoke coming from a door. Crews found a number of items in a rear courtyard alight while the fire had spread into the building. The fire was doused using one hose reel. The cause of the blaze is being investigated.