A have-a-go-hero has told of the dramatic moment he risked his life to help rescue two people from a blazing house fire.
Brave Chad Reid was walking home from a night out in Doncaster when he heard a woman’s screams coming from the bedroom window of a home which was bellowing out plumes of smoke.
Another passer-by then came on to the scene and climbed up through the window, but he got into difficulty and the two of them became trapped by the smoke in the room and could not find their way out..
Mr Reid, aged 28, and a neighbour who heard the commotion, bravely climbed through the window and got both casualties out just before the raging inferno blew out all of the windows.
The father-of-two said: “It was in the heat of the moment and I didn’t think, I just acted. You can’t walk away.”
“It was scary and my heart was racing but I’m just glad everyone got out. We are all lucky to be alive.”
A neighbour captured the drama unfolding on a CCTV camera in Dixon Crescent, Balby, at about 3.30am on Sunday morning.
Mr Reid, a scaffolder who lives nearby on Warmsworth Road, heard the woman shouting for help and first crawled in through the back door on his knees. But the fumes were too much and he had to come back outside.
By this stage two other men, aged in their 20s and 50s, arrived and the younger man climbed into the bedroom to look for the woman.
After a few moments there was no sign of either of them so Mr Reid and a neighbour went up and grabbed them both before helping them down into the arms of the other man waiting outside.
Mr Reid said: “Everyone was really disorientated by the smoke. Just moments later the windows blew out and the flames were coming through. I’ve never experienced anything like it.”
Fire crews from Adwick, Doncaster and Edlington stations arrived with police and an ambulance.
The woman, aged in her 20s, her neighbour aged in his 30s and the other man in his 20s were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation. Mr Reid was treated at the scene.
Fire crews spent two hours tackling the blaze and said it was caused by faulty Christmas tree lights.
Firefighters said the woman was alerted to the blaze when her smoke alarm went off and they visited nearby homes yesterday to install free alarms.
The brigade is warning householders to check their illuminations are safe.
Dave Newton, watch manager at Edlington Fire Station, said: “The fire on the ground floor of the house was fully developed. The early conclusions of our fire investigators are that faulty Christmas tree lights caused the blaze, so please check the safety of any lights you are using.”
People are reminded to:- Switch off electrical appliances at night, check lights for faults before using them - like broken bulbs - and to keep Christmas trees watered.