A brave husband rescued his wife from a burning bedroom as fire ripped through the couple’s blazing home on Monday.
Retired Jim Serr rushed from working in his garden to rescue his wife Sonny Serr who was trapped in an upstairs front bedroom after a blaze ignited the couple’s property in Farmfield Road, Banbury at 2.45pm.
Neighbour Matthew Smith told the Banbury Guardian how he had just returned from holiday in Weymouth with his wife and children – aged six and three – and had opened all the windows at his adjoining semi-detached home when he noticed the smoke and watched as fire crews battled to prevent the blaze spreading to his property.
Mr Smith said: “I was playing in the garden with my kids when I saw smoke coming out of the back of the house. I just grabbed the kids and ran round the corner and I saw two people on the phone to the fire brigade.
“I was just worried about them more than anything. Our roof started to go but it was lucky that they caught it in time.
“It’s not very nice watching your house about to go up.”
Fire appliances from Banbury, Deddington and Bicester attended and used a hydraulic platform to dampen the roof with hoses.
Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus battled to prevent the blaze spreading.
Mr and Mrs Serr were treated at the scene by ambulance crews for burns and smoke inhalation and Mrs Serr, who is understood to have sight difficulties, was taken to the Horton General Hospital where she remains.
Messages of support poured into the Banbury Guardian Facebook page.
Tj Harris who grew up opposite the couple’s home posted: ‘Jim is at home, trying to make sense of things, whilst Sonny remains in the Horton. They would like to convey their sincere thanks to all for your kind thoughts, wishes and offers of help’.
There was extensive damage to both floors and the roof of the property. The fire service is investigating the cause.