A HERO Yorkshire Water worker saved the lives of two people and two dogs from a burning block of flats in Thurnscoe.

Ian Beaney, who is a water jetting technician, returned home from work to find a flock of flats well alight near his home.

After he arrived on the scene, he found a mobility scooter on fire in the ground floor stairwell of the property.

He used his work equipment to extinguish the blaze, before entering the smoke-filled property and rescuing two people and two dogs before they were injured.

He said: “There was a lot of commotion outside my house when I got back from work.

“Quickly I realised a mobility scooter was on fire in the property.

“Thankfully I still had some water left in the tank of my sewer jetter and was able to get the fire out.

“Thankfully I was able to get into the property too and help get the people out before they were injured.”

Lee Pinder, regional operations manager at Yorkshire Water, added: “The bravery and quick thinking Ian showed to tackle the fire with his jetter and then rescue the people inside is incredible.

“We’re all very proud of how he handled a very difficult situation and tankful to the emergency services who also attended the scene.”