Mansfield woman tells how she raised the alarm after she found an elderly neighbour in his blazing house

Firefighters at the scene of the house blaze in George Street, Mansfield
Firefighters at the scene of the house blaze in George Street, Mansfield
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A 70-year-old man has been taken to hospital after house blaze in George Street, Mansfield, suffering burns and smoke inhalation.

The man, named locally as Malcolm Gregg was found by a neighbour at around 10am after fire swept through his living room.

Sandra Parkin told Chad: “I was first in there - it was horrible.

“I looked across the street and I saw his nets were black so I knew there had been a fire.

“I ran across and opened the door and the smoke hit me.

“I was shouting and screaming on the street because I couldn’t get to him.

She said another neighbour came to get him out.

“ He looked badly burned, I hope he is going to be OK

“I have looked after him for five yers, he is like a dad to me.

“My partner always goes to see him every morning to make him a cup of tea.”

Police and fire service officers were at the scene investigating the cause of the incident this afternoon.

Firefighters from Mansfield, Ashfield and Edwinstowe helped tackle the blaze.