Brave neighbours rescued a man from his burning bungalow as fire gutted part of his home.
Fire crews were called to the property at Sefton Drive at 1.43pm on Friday, December 27, after reports an elderly gentleman was inside.
Three fire engines, two from Lancaster and one from Morecambe, raced to the scene.
A Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) spokesman said: “When we arrived the person inside had already been rescued by neighbours.”
The man was taken to hospital for a check up.
The spokesman said the blaze was caused by a deep fat fryer with fire engulfing much of the kitchen.
Around 80 per cent of the room was damaged by flames while smoke spread throughout the bungalow causing further damage. The incident came three days after a strike by Lancashire members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), as part of a day of action across the country.
However, LFRS said the majority of its fire engines were in operation throughout the strike on Christmas Eve.
In all, the service dealt with five incidents across the county, but none of them were in North Lancashire.
A second strike was due to be held on New Year’s Eve from 6.30pm until 12.30am and a third on January 3 between 6.30am and 8.30am.
The strikes were called amid an ongoing row between the FBU and the Government about their pensions.
Lancashire’s chief fire officer, Chris Kenny, said most fire engines would continue to be operational, adding: “I ask the public to take extra care to prevent a fire happening.”