Man rescued from house fire

A STRICKEN man was dramatically rescued from a bungalow fire by his son and a neighbour.

Emergency crews were called out to a kitchen fire in a dormer bungalow on Sandiway, Whiston, shortly after 3.20pm on Monday (February 28).

When crews arrived the occupier, a 49-year-old man, had already been rescued by his 25-year-old son – who does not live at the property – from a ground floor front bedroom.

He was suffering from the effects of severe smoke inhalation.

Both casualties were treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to nearby Whiston Hospital by ambulance for further treatment.

A 34-year-old neighbour – who also helped in the rescue – was also taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

Fire crews from Huyton, Whiston and Eccleston donned breathing apparatus before tackling the fire using two hose reel branches.

Watch Manager Pete Matthews said: “As we arrived the 49-year-old man was outside by the front door and he had been rescued by his son and a friend moments before.

“The house was totally smoke logged and the fire was still burning.

“The gentleman was very lucky because the fire was spotted by a neighbour who smelt the smoke and I’m sure that his son saved his life.”

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

Both floors of the property were left heavily smoke damaged and a section of kitchen units were left fire damaged.