A Doncaster teen has spoken of his shock after his family had to escape a serious fire at their terraced house, which he believes was caused by an electric radiator.
The fire started in an upstairs bedroom at a property in Apley Road, Hyde Park at around 4pm yesterday afternoon.
Lukas Ziga has today recalled the terrifying moment he was told a ‘huge’ blaze had started at his home, while his family were inside.
The 17-year-old believes that the blaze was caused by an electric radiator.
He told the Free Press: “I was walking home from town when my dad told me there was a fire at our house."
Lukas added: “He told me that they were downstairs when it happened, and he went upstairs to see what had happened and he went into my sister’s bedroom and ther were massive flames coming from her electric radiator.
“He then ran downstairs and got my mum and my sister out of there.
“I can’t believe this has been caused by an electric radiator. My sister hasn’t had it long. You expect things like that to be safe.”
After Lukas’ dad, Jana Zigova raised the alarm, four fire engines from Maltby, Doncaster, Aston Park and Edlington stations were called to the incident.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels to put the fire out.
Fire crews were also forced to evacuate people living either side of the property that were affected by smoke, as a ‘precautionary’ measure.
Joanna Jaworowska’s family was one of those evacuated, and has said she is worried about how she will be able to repair the damage caused to her home.
“The firefighters had to come into my house and cut a hole in the ceiling so it could get to the roof because the fire had come through to my spare room upstairs,” said Joanna, aged 33.
The mum-of-two added: “The fire has burnt two of my laptops, and I don’t have any house insurance so I don’t know what I’m going to do now. I’ve been cleaning up all day but I don’t know what I’m going to do about the damage upstairs, I’m hoping my landlord can help.”
A South Yorkshire fire and rescue spokesman said that a ‘definitive’ cause for the fire had not yet been established, but added that it was not thought to be suspicious.
They continued: “An investigation into the cause of the fire will now take place.”
Lukas said his family are currently staying with a family member as they wait for the damage to be repaired.