A SLEEPING man was saved from his burning bungalow by firefighters who broke in and got him out of bed after his smoke alarms failed to work.
Fire had broken out in a light fitting in the kitchen of the man’s Grenoside home, and taken hold in the roof in the early hours of the morning.
A fire service spokesman said the resident, a man in his 30s, was lucky to be alive after the fire, which was spotted by a passer-by.
The 999 call was made just before 6.30am yesterday, as flames were shooting through the roof at the rear of the house on the corner of Salt Box Lane and Halifax Road.
The fire service spokesman said: “The crews had to force entry and wake the man, who was asleep at the time.
“They led him out and he was not hurt at all. He did not even need to have to go to hospital.
“The resident was obviously very lucky that the alarm was raised quickly - this was a very serious fire.
“Our advice to members of the public is to make sure smoke alarms are fitted and that they are checked regularly to ensure that they work.
“Some alarms save lives and give early warning.”
The fire was so severe that the rear section of the bungalow roof collapsed.
Fire crews from Elm Lane, Rivelin and Tankersley were called to the scene and took around half an hour to bring the flames under control.
They eventually left at about 9.15am after ventilating the bungalow and making sure it was safe.
A neighbouring resident said: “It’s shocking and the man is very lucky. I’m not sure who called the emergency services but it’s a good thing they came when they did.”
The fire service spokesman added: “Investigators visited the property once the flames were out and the cause is believed to be an electrical fire which started in one of the light fittings in the kitchen.
“The fire immediately spread into the roof space and caused extensive damage throughout the property.
“Smoke alarms were fitted but didn’t activate, and the fire was reported by a member of the public.”