A community radio station operations manager who saw smoke billowing from a Luton semi on Sunday morning has been hailed as a hero.
If it hadn’t been for the quick actions of Mohammed Tariq of InspireFM, the outcome could have been very different for the elderly occupant of the Runley Road House and the family next door.
Tariq said: “I was driving to a meeting when I saw a puff of smoke coming from an upstairs window.
“As I got closer I realised there was a lot of smoke so I stopped my car in the middle of the road.
“I saw a man sitting in the house having a cup of tea. He really didn’t seem aware of what was going on so I called him to come outside. He seemed pretty confused.
“He said there was no-one else in the house, then I called the neighbours in the other half of the semi to get their children out and across the road. I also asked people to move their vehicles.”
“The fire brigade were there almost instantly and sealed off the area.”
Taxi driver Hameed Kahn, 40, who lives next door to the house, said he and his wife were alerted by shouting in the street about 8.30am.
“There was lots of noise and smoke,” he said. “When the fire brigade came they told us to evacuate the premises. “We weren’t allowed back in until midday.”
Mr Khan said he understood the fire was caused by an electrical fault.
The top half of the house was gutted.
The elderly occupant was initially looked after by the Red Cross but is now understood to be living with relatives.