THREE lifesaving heroes pulled a 91-year-old man from his burning house.
Kazimierz Sienkiewicz, known as Raz, of Barnes Street, Clayton-le-Moors, was stuck in his blazing back bedroom when his leg went through the floorboards as he tried to escape.
He was found thigh-deep through the floor trying to release himself using his arms which were both engulfed in flames.
James Cregg, 25, of Arthur Street and Robert Morton, of Barnes Street, were walking up the road when they saw thick smoke billowing out of a downstairs window.
Robert said: "As we got closer to the house we could hear cries for help.
"We made a bit of a mess of his front door trying to smash our way in until he started screaming that the back door was open and that we must help him."
James said: "As soon as I got close enough to hear the screams I rang the Fire Brigade because I knew it was serious."
The two rescuers were helped by Mr Sienkiewicz's next-door neighbour Vernon Barratt, 58.
Firefighters arrived on the scene at 3.15pm on Tuesday to find the three heroes had managed to drag Mr Sienkiewicz into his back yard.
James and Robert were given oxygen and medical attention at the scene.
James said: "We really didn't think about ourselves at all, we just wanted to get Raz out.
"Looking at it now, it was quite a dangerous situation to put ourselves into, with the floor being unsafe, but we would definitely do it again.
"We just hope he is OK."
Mr Sienkiewicz was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital and later transferred to the Wythenshawe Hospital burns unit in Manchester where he was later said to be stable and doing well.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.