A Sheffield man is lucky to be alive today after neighbours heard him screaming for help and raised the alarm.
Firefighters found the man, who was suffering from severe smoke inhalation, in a bedroom and carried him out of his burning home to safety.
He was then taken to hospital for treatment.
Neighbours on Willoughby Street, Page Hall, heard the man’s cries for help and dialled 999 at around 5.10am today.
Firefighters found his kitchen engulfed in flames and the rest of the house filled with smoke.
A dog died after being overcome by smoke, but a cat and her litter of kittens managed to escape.
An investigation into the cause of the blaze is underway but an electrical fault is believed to be responsible.
Firefighters established that South Yorkshire Fire Service smoke alarms had been fitted in the property in the past but had been taken down.
Station manager Trevor Bernard said: “He should put a Lottery ticket on this week - he will never be as lucky again.”