Dad hangs from drainpipe in attempt to rescue son from fire
A dad was seen hanging from a drainpipe trying to smash a window with a hammer to rescue his son from a house fire in Louth this morning.
Fire crews were called to Victoria Road at 8.05am and and rescued two brothers from the property.
One brother was found unconscious and the other was rescued from the roof of the house.
Sarah Turner, watch commander of the East Division, who had been alerted of the blaze while at her home address, said fire teams were already at the address when she arrived on the scene.
“I went in the property and assisted the breathing apparatus team to carry the casualty out of the property. He was unconscious but breathing," she said.
“There was still a casualty on the roof at the rear.
“We walked him down some ladders. He was shaken and had inhaled some smoke but otherwise he appeared OK.
“The fire would appear to have started in the bathroom upstairs, early indications show it could have been the electric shower within the property.”
Their father was treated for smoke inhalation and minor cuts.
One neighbour, Lara Straddling, said she heard screaming coming from the house.
She said: “The first thing was the smell, I went upstairs and then I could hear the lad on the roof shouting ‘there’s a fire, there’s a fire.'”
Another witness said: “I just heard this voice coming from outside shouting for help.
“I pulled up and saw this lad on the roof - he was up there for about an hour.”
Four fire engines from Louth, North Somercotes, Alford and Skegness attended the scene.
The two casualties are believed to have been taken to Grimsby Hospital.