Man rescued from fire after neighbour’s dog alerts his owner

Three-year-old German Shepherd Bandit.
Three-year-old German Shepherd Bandit.

An Ashington resident is still in hospital after being rescued by firefighters from his flat in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Alan Crosland, who was in the flat downstairs, was alerted to the blaze by his dog - three-year-old German Shepherd Bandit.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) and paramedics were called-out to the property on Canterbury Close.

Alan said: “Bandit nudged me to wake me up and he started howling when I tried to send him out.

“As soon as I stood up, I could smell smoke.

“I had a look around the flat I was in, and then saw the flat directly above me was on fire.

“I tried opening the back door but couldn’t get through.

“The fire crews arrived six minutes after the call and they put the bedroom window through with ladders and used a saw to open the door so they could get to the man and take him out the flat and also put out the fire.

“He was given CPR and oxygen and then taken to hospital. I was told by one of the firefighters that the outcome could have been worse if they had arrived just two or three minutes later.”

A NFRS spokeswoman said: “We were called at 1.48am on Tuesday, March 13, and three appliances were sent to Canterbury Close in Ashington.

“Four breathing apparatus and two hose reels were used in response to the incident. One man was evacuated from an upstairs flat.”

She added that an investigation into the cause of the fire is still on-going.