A man and two women were rescued from a ferocious house blaze by firefighters in South Yorkshire this morning.
Emergency services were alerted to the fire in Moor Road, Wath-upon-Dearne, at 3.30am and found the ground floor of the property well alight and the first floor smoke-logged.
They led a woman from the ground floor to safety and rescued a man and woman through upstairs windows after climbing up a ladder to reach them.
All three casualties, who suffered smoke inhalation, were taken to hospital by ambulance.
An investigation into the cause of the blaze is underway.
Group Manager Simon Rodgers, of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said: “The crews worked incredibly quickly and professionally to carry out these rescues, using extension ladders to rescue the occupants who were both at open windows on opposite sides of the house.
"This was a very serious fire which could have easily led to people losing their lives. Investigations into the cause of the blaze are ongoing.”