A semi conscious woman was rescued from a house fire in Rawthorpe on New Year’s Eve.
The 45-year-old was found slumped on the floor of a first-floor bedroom by firefighters.
She was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, while her partner was also checked by doctors after he managed to escape the blaze.
Huddersfield Fire Station crew commander Shane Byrne said: “She was very lucky, if it had been a minute later this would be a different story.”
The blaze, at a property on Rawthorpe Crescent, Rawthorpe, started at 8.53pm on New Year’s Eve in a front bedroom.
It is understood the 45-year-old had tried to find her cat but had been overcome by smoke. It was later discovered the pet was not inside the property at the time.
He was able to direct them to where she was and two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the house.
Mr Byrne added: “We were able to find her very quickly on the floor upstairs. She was semi-conscious at the time and was covered in soot.
“We got her out and she was given oxygen and casualty care on the front lawn and was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary suffering from smoke inhalation.”
The cause of the blaze is being investigated by fire officers and police.
Burned mattresses and furniture were left in the front garden yesterday.
Gurpreet Singh Mann, who owns Rawthorpe News and Off-Licence around the corner, said: “There were lots of ambulances and police cars.
“The woman is a customer here and she comes in quite regularly.”
Police later confirmed that a 45-year-old woman was arrested yesterday on suspicion of starting the fire.