A St Helens postman who helped rescue a family from a terrifying house blaze has been praised for his heroics.
Phil Turner teamed up with neighbours to save mum Amy Lacy and her two toddlers from the fire at Elm Avenue, Golborne.
The 35-year-old who lives in Newton-le-Willows, played down his role and revealed he carried on with his round after the ordeal.
The dad-of-one said: “I could hear shouting, I thought it was a fight at first.
“But I then saw the black smoke and the two neighbours putting the ladder up to get the kids from upstairs.
“I broke the front door down so the mum could get out. It was just a natural reaction that anyone would have done.
“I waited to see that everyone was okay and then I carried on with my letters.”
The fire started in the living room of the end terrace house just after 9am last Thursday.
A spokesperson for Royal Mail said: “Phil’s actions demonstrate exactly why our postmen and women are such highly valued members of their local communities.”
Modest Phil added: “It wasn’t just me, the neighbours already had a rescue operation going on, I just got involved to help them.”
An investigation has been launched into the cause of the blaze.
Wigan borough fire manager Steve Sheridan said: “Phil and the neighbours have all done a fantastic rescue job. They did a great job”