FIREFIGHTERS were delayed in getting to a house fire led to an elderly man being hospitalised due to a van blocking a road on their route.
Bradford station had been responding to reports of a smoke alarm going off in a house on Farmhill Road at 8pm yesterday.
Another crew had taken a different route to the property and managed to get there without incident.
When they arrived they found that a pan left unattended on a hob had led to the property becoming heavily smoke-logged. An elderly man living at the property was found collapsed on the floor, and was rushed to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
“People park up and don’t think about whether other vehicles could get through.
“When we did arrive there the house was full of smoke and one of the occupants had collapsed. We gave him first aid when we got there.
“It could have been much worse. It took us at least five minutes longer to get to the house than it should. Luckily the other engine were able to get there as they had taken a different route.”