Quick-thinking hero came to rescue
HEROIC pensioner Tom Doidge, pictured right, described the chilling moment he stumbled across the unfolding drama.
The 71-year-old, who lives in nearby Merrivale Road, said: "The front door was open and thick acrid smoke was filling the hallway and pouring out, you couldn't see much.
"There was a man very badly burnt standing up and mumbling, so I carefully guided him out into the street and away from the smoke.
"I told him not to panic but I didn't want to touch his body in case it harmed him.
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"His arms and hands were very sore. His legs looked badly burnt and his clothes were in tatters."
Quick-thinking Mr Doidge also alerted the occupants of the flat above to the danger.