Relatives of a World War Two veteran rescued from his burning home by police officers have sent a card to say thank you for the bravery they showed.
Police officers were the first to arrive at the stricken pensioner’s house in Adlington Road, Southey Green, Sheffield, after emergency services received a 999 call when firefighters were on strike on Christmas Eve.
The officers smashed windows to gain entry to the burning property, which they then searched to find the 98-year-old occupant before leading him to safety.
Contingency fire crews - volunteers trained up to provide emergency fire cover while firefighters are on strike - then arrived at the burning house and took over.
They extinguished the flames and ventilated the smoke-filled property.
The rescued OAP was taken to hospital by ambulance to be treated for the effects of inhaling smoke, but he escaped without any physical injuries.
A fire service investigation into the cause of the blaze, which started in the lounge, established it was down to an electrical fault around the television plug socket.
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