Minutes from death in blaze

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A WOMAN was described as 10 minutes from death” after firefighters battered down the door to rescue her from a burning flat.

Crews were called to Bold Street at 1.30am yesterday where they forced their way inside after being told the 24-year-old resident was still inside.

The woman was found unconscious in the bedroom and was dragged to safety by officers wearing breathing apparatus.

She was suffering the effects of smoke inhalation and was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Stephen Cheetham, crew manager at Fleetwood fire station, said: “This was a serious fire and the woman would have been dead within 10 minutes if we had not managed to rescue her.”

The fire started in the kitchen of the property.

Fire chiefs said it appeared the woman had been cooking but had fallen asleep leaving the appliances on.

Residents from two neighbouring flats were forced to evacuate as three fire engines tackled the blaze.

Police and the ambulance service put on standby as a crowd gathered to watch the drama unfold.

The blaze was contained to the kitchen which suffered severe fire and smoke damage as a result of the incident.