West Cumbrian fire hero saves friend from burning flat
Last updated at 14:04, Friday, 06 September 2013
A Workington man risked his life to drag his friend from a burning flat.
Lee Murray, 36, entered the smoke-filled flat in Shore Side, Siddick, at around 1am last Friday.
He saved Darren McIvor, 31, who was battling the flames engulfing his home.
Mr McIvor had returned to his ground-floor flat late in the evening, turned on his chip pan but then fell asleep on the sofa.
He wasn’t alerted to the fire because his flat did not have a smoke alarm.
Mr Murray, who lives a couple of doors away from Mr McIvor, was woken by neighbours who had gathered outside the burning flat.
He then rushed inside to rescue his friend, but had to come out again because of the thick smoke.
He called to Mr McIvor to get out, but he screamed back that he was trying to save his home.
Mr Murray then went back in with a jacket over his head and dragged Mr McIvor out in a bear hug.
Mr Murray said: “It was a frightening experience. I am relieved he is okay. I was just acting on instinct.”
Mr McIvor was taken to hospital and was treated for smoke inhalation.
He said: “The fire brigade said that if I had been in another minute I would have died.
“Lee didn’t have to run into a burning building to save me.
“He dragged me out because I didn’t want to lose my possessions.”
The pair have known each other for about 20 years.
Firefighters from Workington were called at 1am and were at the scene for an hour.
The kitchen was destroyed and Mr McIvor is now living with friends.
First published at 13:48, Friday, 06 September 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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