Saved by the neighbours

House fire on Royton Drive, Whittle-le-Woods
House fire on Royton Drive, Whittle-le-Woods
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Neighbours rushed to help save a woman when a blaze broke out in her Chorley home.

Residents were alerted after smoke started billowing from the roof of a house on Royton Drive, Whittle-le-Woods, on Wednesday.

Fire crews found the woman had already been helped to safety when they arrived at the scene.

Resident Jim Carr, who lives on Royton Drive, said: “I was first alerted because I couldn’t see out of my windows. I wondered what was happening, and I went out to see a house further along was on fire.

“A couple of my neighbours who were out gardening went across to see if anyone was in.

“They saw a young lady and just told her to get out.

“It was a dramatic morning; nothing usually happens around here.”

Fire crews from Leyland, Bamber Bridge and Preston raced to the scene and entered the home wearing breathing apparatus.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “A 999 call was reported to us at 11.43am with concerns someone might be trapped inside.

“We sent three crews, which amounted to 15 firefighters, to reports a first floor bedroom was on fire and it had spread to the roof space. Before crews got there they had a call to say everyone had got out.”

Substantial damage was caused to the bedroom and roof, as well as smoke damage to the rest of the house.

The spokesperson added: “The fire had taken hold in the bedroom and had gone into the roof space so thermal imaging equipment was used meticulously to ensure all the embers were out.

“The fire would have caused lots of smoke and that in itself is quite damaging. We also used portable fans to clear smoke out.”