Trick-or-treat father rescues blaze pensioner

An elderly woman was rescued from her burning home by a trick-or-treater.

A man who was trick-or-treating with his child ran into the bungalow in Harrogate and rescued 77-year-old Anne Kirby.

North Yorkshire Fire Service said firefighters were called to the home, which was badly damaged in the blaze, and the pensioner was taken to hospital with mild smoke inhalation.

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Mrs Kirby’s son Neil, 49, said: “I think the guy saw the smoke and another lad from over the road came across. Between them they pulled my mum out.

“I’d like to thank both of them. It was lucky it was Halloween and there were people around. It could have been a lot worse.”

A North Yorkshire Fire Service spokesman said the fire is thought to have started in the kitchen.

The spokesman added: “There were smoke alarms fitted but we are unsure if these activated and raised the alarm as they were completely destroyed by the fire.”