Constable saves pensioner’s life

A police officer has been praised for saving a pensioner from a house fire in Heysham.

Lancashire Constabulary received a call from Lancaster City Council at 6.20pm on Thursday, March 1 that an elderly resident’s Lifeline had been activated at an address in Maple Avenue.

PC Jamie Illingworth went to the address and found plumes of smoke filling the entire flat.

He made his way through to the kitchen, where he saw that stove was ablaze.

The officer was able to extinguish the fire and then tried to locate the home owner through the thick smoke.

The 89-year-old resident was lying on the floor in a corridor, unable to get up. PC Illingworth helped him to safety.

An ambulance was called and the elderly resident was given oxygen before being taken to hospital.

Inspector Guy Hamlett, Lancaster police, said: “PC Illingworth went into the address without fear for his own safety and his actions no doubt stopped the fire from spreading and saved this gentleman’s life.”