A pensioner was rescued from his blazing house thanks to the quick thinking bravery of his neighbour.
Andy Kirk, 35, dashed into the burning property on Argyle Street and managed to guide its 71-year-old occupant to safety before fire crews arrived to extinguish the flames.
Both men escaped unharmed though the home owner went to Tameside Hospital as a precaution and Andy suffered minor smoke inhalation.
The drama began in the early hours of Friday, August 11.
“The neighbour on the other side and two girls walking past realised there was a problem,” Andy, a mechanical engineer, told the Correspondent.
“If there hadn’t been anyone walking past and no one had noticed for a while it could have been a lot worse.
“My house mate, Dan, ran across to the fire station but it felt like a long time and no one was coming.
“People were calling out to see if he was okay and the neighbour on the other side smashed the downstairs front window.
“Because the fire brigade hadn’t arrived at that point I jumped through the window and ran up the stairs to go and find him.
‘The front bed room was completely on fire and I was on my hands and knees but couldn’t really see anything even though I could hear him.
“Then I saw him in a corner so I grabbed him and dragged him down the stairs. He was conscious but just couldn’t function.
“That’s when the fire brigade and ambulance turned up.
“Some people took him out of the back door and to the side of my house until the paramedics came to check him over.
“I had a sore throat the next day and it felt as though I had smoked a 1,000 cigarettes. But I am fine now,” said modest Andy.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service confirmed: “We were called to a bedroom fire within a terraced property at 00:30am.
“Three fire appliances attended the property from Mossley, Stalybridge and Oldham.
“Crews wearing breathing apparatus rescued a 71-year-old male occupant from inside the property and he was later taken to hospital.
“At this moment the cause is still being investigated.”
Crews from Mossley revisited the area in the days after the blaze to offer free Home Safety Checks, fit smoke alarms where necessary and providing escape plans and safety advice.
Anyone wishing for a visit can phone 0800 800555 or visit Mossley Community Fire Station to arrange with the local crews.