Son's bid to save dad in Leeds blaze

A son was injured as he battled in vain to rescue his father from a house fire in Leeds.

The victim, who was in his 70s, was fatally injured and a man in his 40s was taken to Leeds General Infirmary after the blaze at a house on Hollin Park Terrace in Fearnville just after noon on Friday.

Residents said the man who died lived alone at the Leeds City Council-owned mid-terrace house.

Neighbour Raymond Barraclough, who was out when the blaze started, said another neighbour was concerned after she knocked on the pensioner's door after hearing a smoke alarm.

Mr Barraclough said: "She rang his (the pensioner's) son and he said his father didn't have a smoke alarm, it was ours that she heard.

He added: "I think one of his sons went in and got smoke inhalation."

Another resident, who did not want to be named, said: "Smoke was billowing out of the windows. There was smoke everywhere. The fire brigade pulled a bloke out of the house.

"He was taken straight to the ambulance because he couldn't breath properly."

The scene was sealed off yesterday as fire investigators and police launched an investigation into the cause of the blaze.

Watch commander Matt Chapman of Gipton Fire Station, said six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus went into the house and brought out one casualty, the older man.

A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "Upon arrival, the body of a man in his 70s was found and a man in his 40s has been taken to Leeds General Infirmary."

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