THREE people are lucky to be alive today after a severe blaze wrecked their Slaithwaite home.
The fire started in the cellar of the three-bedroom house on Olney Street and spread up into the kitchen and then into the bathroom above.
The house has no smoke detectors and the three people living there - a couple in their 60s and their son in his 30s - were lucky to wake up at 4.45am.
They managed to escape outside and neighbours took them in.
The couple needed oxygen at the scene for the effects of breathing in smoke.
The fire destroyed the cellar and kitchen. The rest of the house was badly smoke-damaged.
Slaithwaite firefighter Darren Daibell said: "We don't know what made the people wake up. Smoke is a deadly killer and many people are overcome by smoke in their sleep.
"They are exceptionally lucky to be alive today.
"Once again it shows the vital importance of smoke detectors.
"They should be on every level in every house.
"They are proven life-savers."
The cause of the fire is being investigated, but is not thought to be suspicious.
The blaze was fought by crews from Slaithwaite and Marsden.
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