A MOTHER had a lucky escape following a blaze in the upstairs of her borough home.
She’d been asleep as fire took hold of a room at her home in West Vale, Neston, at 10am on Tuesday of last week.
Watch manager Ant Fletcher, from the Port fire station, explained: “The woman works nights and was in bed. Her daughter and family were staying with her, and the daughter had used a hairdryer then went out shopping.
“But the dryer was still very hot. It smouldered, and set light to the carpet and clothing.
“The first thing the mum hears was an aerosol cannister exploding in the fire. Her first floor was full of smoke.
“She leaned out the upstairs window and started screaming.
“Two neighbours heard and broke in the front door and told her to get on her hands and knees. She crawled out to the stairs and they grabbed her hand and dragged her out to safety.”
He added: “One upstairs room was destroyed by the fire and the rest of the top floor was smoke-damaged.
“The mum was all right, she was a very lucky lady.”
Teenager in knife raid
AN ARMED robber escaped empty-handed after trying to rob the BP petrol station in Overpool Road.
He burst in at 9.10pm on Sunday and threatened the cashier with a knife. But he left without taking anything and ran off towards Sutton Way with another youth.
The knifeman was aged 16-18, 5ft 7in tall and wearing a black hooded jacket. His accomplice was aged 15-16, 5ft 6in tall, wearing dark clothing and carrying a white carrier bag.
Witnesses should call DC Ryan Willis or PC Graeme Carvell on 01244 615591.
Off-road racing crash
A DRIVER was injured after taking part in off-road racing in the woods behind the Vauxhall Motors plant in Ellesmere Port.
Fire crews and paramedics arrived at 2pm on Sunday to find the off-road vehicles had been involved in a collision.