A man has died following a fire at a bungalow in South Yorkshire last night.
Firefighters were called to the blaze in Pinfold Close, in Tickhill, at 9.30pm.
The man who died has been named locally as 64-year-old Ian Jennings.
His wife Olive Jennings, 67, was also involved in the blaze but managed to escape. It is not yet known what injuries she sustained.
Neighbours described hearing an explosion inside the bungalow as large flames took told.
A man who didn’t wish to be named, said: “The first I heard was when I heard sirens outside.
“I came out onto my drive and instantly saw the house on fire. The flames were enormous and were going right up to the roof.
“Then there was a loud explosion. It sounded like an oxygen tank going off.
“Someone told me that the lady got out quite quickly but that her husband was still inside.
“It sounds awful but I remember looking at the house and thinking ‘there’s no way anyone is getting out of that house alive’. The flames were just huge.
“I didn’t know the couple but would recognise them if I saw them, it’s a really awful thing to happen.”
Other neighbours have spoken of their shock at the tragic news.
Patricia Douglas, 77, said: “It’s just a terrible situation. It’s been a big shock for all of us here.
“It’s only a small cul-de-sac and there were emergency services vehicles everywhere.
“We were just going to bed and saw all the sirens outside, we didn’t know what had happened at first.
“We’re a close neighbourhood who help one another out so news like this is very sad.
“We only really knew the couple to say hello to but they were always very polite. They were both retired.
“As far as I know, Olive managed to get out, thank goodness, but it’s terrible to hear about Ian.
“The fire investigation teams are back this morning. It’s just very, very sad.”
Another neighbour, who didn’t wish to be named, said: “It was complete chaos here last night.
“The whole road was filled with flashing blue lights and people were trying to find out what had happened. This type of thing doesn’t happen here, we’re just a quiet community.
“It’s devastating to hear what’s happened to Ian, he was devoted to Olive. She must be devastated.
“They have a close family from what I know so I hope she is getting the support she needs.”
Firefighters from stations in Maltby, Edlington and Doncaster attended.