This was the dramatic scene as firefighters tackled a blaze at a house in Sheffield this morning.
Star reader Dennis Ashton caught the incredible image as fire crews fought the flames.
Firfighters were called to the blaze on Whinacre Walk, in Batemoor at about 10.45am.
A man who was in the house at the time is believed to have been rescued by nearby construction workers and is in hospital suffering with smoke inhalation.
Neighbours said a woman, who also lives there, was in hospital at the time.
Mr Ashton said: “The fire took hold in the upstairs of the terraced house.
“No-one seems to have been injured but nearby houses were damaged.
“The burning house seems to have been totally destroyed.
“I saw smoke coming from the upstairs windows of the house.
“I ran home for my phone. By the time I had rung 999, flames had burst from the upstairs windows.
“At the height of the fire, there was a loud explosion. This explosion was heard by friends a couple of miles away.
“Local people said that the house owner had oxygen cylinders in the house to help her cope with breathing difficulties.
“The emergency services attended quickly and firemen tackled the blaze.
“So intense was the fire that the house was extensively damaged before they could bring it under control.”
A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “Crews from Lowedges, Central and Mosborough fire stations were called to the incident at 10.45am and found one building well alight.
“The resident of the property, a male thought to be in his 50s, was already out of the house when firefighters arrived.
“He was taken to hospital by the ambulance service suffering from possible smoke inhalation.
“No other people were harmed in the incident but two neighbouring properties may have suffered smoke damage.
“One dog, two rabbits and two turtles were rescued from the blaze.
An investigation into the cause of the fire has now started.