A LORRY driver was labelled “a lifesaver” after alerting firefighters to a blaze – even though he had no idea where it was.
And last night, David Robinson was thanked by the two men who could have become victims of the blaze.
Mr Robinson, 54, could smell burning as he made his way to his car in Meltham early yesterday but could see no sign of a fire.
But he decided to ring 999 – and fire crews found two elderly men asleep in a house filling rapidly with smoke.
Brothers in law George Ridgwick and Ian Armitage had slept on, despite the smoke alarm sounding at their home.
Mr Ridgwick, thought to be in his 70s, was taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke.
But fire officer John Gant said: “Had Mr Robinson not rung in with his concerns, I am sure we could have been looking at a dreadful tragedy.”
Firefighters hammered on the door of the house in Clarke Lane to rouse the two men, as the building filled with smoke from a blaze inside their integral garage.
Mr Robinson, 54, of Huddersfield Road, Meltham, had left his home in the early hours to walk to his car, parked off Clarke Lane.
He said: “It was lucky it was there. Sometimes I park close to my home but last night I left it outside my mother’s home.
“There was a really strong smell of burning but I could see nothing. I could also hear an alarm going but could not tell where it was coming from.
“I’m just so glad I decided to call 999. I would hate to think what could have happened had I not made the call”.
He met the two men late yesterday and said: “They were very grateful and thanked me.
“I’m just glad I was able to help”.
Fire crews from Meltham and Marsden were originally sent to Carlisle Street, which is where the burning smell was strongest, but then found the fire in adjoining Clarke Lane.
Firefighters used a hose reel to put out the blaze which started in a mobility scooter, parked alongside a car in the garage.
Mr Gant, of Meltham Fire Station, said: “There were smoke detectors in the house but the two men slept through them.
“I would like to thank Mr Robinson for his efforts”.