‘Selfless’ hero binmen sprinted into burning house to save man’s life

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Heroic binmen have been praised for their "selfless" actions after they ran into a burning house to save a man.

Lee Hewitt, Anthony Hibbert and Stephen Rhodes were doing their rounds in Ashton, Greater Manchester, when they leapt into action after spotting smoke plumes coming from a property, the Manchester Evening News reports.

The trio of Tameside Council workers rushed to the back of the house where they found the back door ajar, and bravely dashed inside to find a man who had collapsed on the floor and was struggling to breath after inhaling smoke.

They carried the man outside and called the emergency services, before warning a family in the house next door to evacuate.

Firefighters rushed to the scene and found that a sofa had gone up in flames on the ground floor of the house.

Tameside Council's Ian Saxon paid tribute to his brave colleagues.

He said: "The crew's swift and brave actions most probably saved this man's life.

"Their selfless dedication is a reflection of how our frontline staff are an integral part of the community, going above and beyond their roles to make a positive difference to local people's lives.

"They make me feel very proud of our colleagues."

Greater Manchester Fire Rescue Service’s Phil Nelson said: "This incident could have had deadly consequences if it were not for the quick thinking of the bin crew on that morning.

"Not only did they help the resident from the property but by alerting us to the fire we were able to respond quickly and extinguish the fire before more damage was done.

"This incident is a reminder that we all need to be careful at home and consider what we can do to keep ourselves safe from fire, such as installing smoke alarms throughout our properties."

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