A PENSIONER and an off-duty police officer have been hailed as heroes after putting out a blaze which threatened to destroy to a family’s home.
Kenneth Gould and Derbyshire chief inspector Steve Wilson stopped a fire causing serious damage to a house in Ripley after it had caused electrical wiring to explode and caused damage to two neighbouring homes.
They quick-thinking pair used a hose and got neighbours and onlookers to form a chain filling buckets of water from a fish pond to douse the flames.
Chief Insp Wilson, 41, was on his way to work when he spotted black smoke billowing into the sky from a shed dangerously close to the semi-detached home on Stanley Street where a family of five live. He ran towards the flames and found Mr Gould already bravely fighting the fire using a garden hose.
The fire, which happened at 5pm on Thursday, had already spread to a neighbour’s fencing and the home’s plastic guttering when Chief Insp Wilson.
The officer spotted Mr Gould, who lives next door had a fish pond in his garden and he instructed onlookers to grab buckets, form a chain and douse the shed with water.
Chief Insp Wilson, said his first priority was to make sure everyone was out of the house while Mr Gould fought the fire the blaze with the hose.
They managed to bring the flames under control as firefighters from Alfreton arrived to take over.
It is believed fire was started by a discarded cigarette in the shed of the Amber Valley Housing-owned property. The family have been rehomed while repairs are made to the house, said a spokesman for the housing firm.