Pensioner to rescue in sheltered housing blaze

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AN ELDERLY man became a hero last night when he rescued a fellow resident of a sheltered housing complex from her smoke-filled flat.

Fire broke out at in a ground-floor flat at Kashmir Court, a flats complex run by Sadeh-Lok Housing Association in Church Street at Ravensthorpe in Dewsbury, shortly after 9pm last night.

The fire started in the bedroom of an elderly woman resident, believed to be in her 80s.

The fire triggered a smoke alarm which alerted firefighters at Dewsbury fire station.

Watch Commander Tony Woodhead led the fire crews.

“The warden and another resident went to the flat. They entered the flat. It was filling with smoke. The lady had woken up and was getting out of bed. They helped her get out of the flat.”

Firefighters could see the blaze through the bedroom window when they arrived.

“There was quite a lot of smoke starting to build up,” said Watch Commander Woodhead.

The elderly woman and the resident who helped her escape the flat, and who is also believed to be in his 80s, were given oxygen as a precaution, and were taken to Dewsbury District Hospital.

Watch Commander Woodhead said: “The chap who went in takes it upon himself to look out for the other residents. He did a great job. He’s no spring chicken himself.”

The cause of the fire is being investigated. Damage was limited to part of the bedroom.

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