A 65-YEAR-OLD woman was taken to hospital in a serious condition after a bungalow fire.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued the woman, named locally as Sylvia Jones, after the blaze broke out at 1.35am yesterday.
The alarm was raised by a neighbouring couple, Derek and Sue Newitt, who live across the road.
Mrs Newitt was awoken by a loud cracking sound, which turned out to be a window shattering in the intense heat of the fire, in Crogen, Chirk.
“I heard a crashing sound and I was startled,” Mrs Newitt said.
Flames could be seen coming from one of the rooms and Mr Newitt dialled 999 before rushing across the road.
“I was trying to warn anyone inside, but couldn’t get any kind of response,” he said.
“The fire service arrived very quickly after I had called them.”
Mr Newitt said the woman who lived in the bungalow had moved in recently and he didn’t know her name.
He also went to the property next door to alert the occupier, Albert Roberts, to the danger.
Mr Roberts, who said his immediate reaction was to get to safety with his lurcher dog Merlin, thanked Mr Newitt for his speedy thinking.
“The emergency services did a very good job,” Mr Roberts said.
“I don’t know the name of the lady next door, she moved in about a couple of months ago.”
Mr Roberts is looking after a springer spaniel from the bungalow after he was asked to take it in by the fire service and the RSPCA.
Fire appliances from Chirk, Llangollen and Wrexham were sent to the bungalow.
The woman was transferred to hospital by ambulance following preliminary treatment for severe smoke inhalation at the scene by paramedics. The fire service said her condition is described as serious.
A spokesman for North Wales Fire Service said: “The damage to the property is currently being assessed and the cause of the fire is under investigation.”
A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 1.35am on Wednesday to reports of a property fire on Crogen, Chirk.
“We sent an ambulance officer, a rapid response vehicle and an emergency ambulance to the scene.
“An elderly woman with severe smoke inhalation was taken to the Maelor Hospital in Wrexham.”