Firefighters are calling for Sheffield motorists to think twice about where they park their cars because engines are unable to get down some streets.
The warning was issued after crews were called to a blaze and had to park 50 metres away because vehicles had were parked on both sides of the road and on the corner, making it impossible for engines to get round.
Crews were alerted to the blaze on Buttermere Road, Carterknowle, at 4.40am yesterday and found worried neighbours gathered outside.
They then spotted the occupant of the house, a man in his 50s, hanging out of the attic window.
Watch manager Jim Moll said ‘time was of the essence’ but firefighters had to park at the end of the street and carry a ladder and hoses around 50 metres to the blaze.
“When people are inside burning properties time is of the essence and on this occasion we achieved a successful rescue despite having to park the engine 50 metres away from the house,” he said.
“In other situations if we had been forced to park further away this could have been a different story.
“The problem in this area is double parking, especially on corners, which makes it difficult for us to get round.
“We would urge people to be more considerate about where they leave their cars because if we can’t get down a street or round a corner it is going to take us longer to get to fires.”
Four firefighters entered the burning property to extinguish the flames and led the trapped man to safety.
He was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and shock.
An investigation into the cause of the blaze is underway but it started in the lounge and engulfed the room.
Firefighters said the man in the house woke up smelling smoke.
Watch manager Moll said: “There was a smoke alarm on the ground floor but it is not clear if it went off. There needs to be one on every level and they need to be tested weekly.”