Woman rescued from blazing house in Wakefield

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A woman in her 40s was rescued from her burning home by fire crew late last night in the Wakefield area.

Fire crews from Normanton, Wakefield and Pontefract responded after reports of a fire in a semi-detached house on Sunny Bank, Normanton, shortly before midnight.

A firefighter who attended the scene told the Yorkshire Evening Post the woman was hanging out of the first floor window at the point of rescue. He added they had been hampered at the entrance to Sunny Bank by cars parked on either side of the road.

He said: “We had to break into the property in order to tackle the fire, which was thought to have begun in the kitchen. The woman was rescued from an upstairs window by fire crews. We were almost blocked at the entrance to the street by cars parked on each side of the road - perhaps that is something people ought to think about before they park up at night.”

He also added smoke alarms in the house were not working and urged homeowners in general to check theirs.

The woman was given fire survival advice by a telephone operator prior to crews arriving and after being rescued was treated by paramedics at the scene and later taken to hospital.

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