A Hartlepool man is lucky to be alive after he was rescued from his smoke-filled home by firefighters.
Two crews from Stranton fire station and one from the Headlands were called to Brenda Road, at 9.50pm, yesterday.
A quick-thinking neighbour had dialled 999 after hearing a smoke-alarm sounding.
A man had fallen asleep while cooking.
Firefighters broke down the door to the property and one man was led to safety from his smoke-filled home.
He was checked over by paramedics as a precaution.
Acting Watchmanager Steven Kitching said: "The man had left a pan on and had fallen asleep. It was the neighbour who raised the alarm.
"Luckily he did have a working smoke alarm which is what alerted the neighbour.
"It is vitally important people have a working smoke alarm and that they are tested regularly.
"People should also remain alert at all times when cooking."