A father is believed to have suffered burns to his shoulder after he helped rescue his disabled son from a house fire in a Northampton estate.
A number of properties in Arbour View Court, Thorplands, were evacuated at 8.30pm last night after a blaze started in a two-storey house.
It is believed that the fire started in an upstairs room of the property and the father rescued his three children, two of whom have cerebral palsy, before firefighters arrived.
Neighbours said the father and his three children were taken to hospital suffering with burns and smoke inhalation.
Firefighters have confirmed the family managed to escape the house before emergency services arrived.
Glen Valentine, who lives in Arbour View Court, said: “We got evacuated at about 8.30pm There was three fire engines, two ambulances and police cars.
“Smoke was billowing out but it was lucky that the wind was taking it away from the other properties.
“The father ended up getting burnt trying to get his children out of the house.”
Police have said a fire investigation is continuing and a cause of the blaze is not yet known.
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “At approximately 8.25pm on March 18, the Fire & Rescue Service, police and ambulance Service attended a house fire at Arbour View Court, Thorplands, Northampton.
“Three fire appliances from Moulton and The Mounts attended the incident.
“Upon arrival at the address the first floor of the house was well alight. The four occupants, one man and three children, had managed to escape from the house prior to the arrival of the emergency services.
“All four occupants were taken to hospital suffering injuries from effects of the fire. The extent of the injuries is yet to be confirmed.”
A spokesperson for Northamptonshire Police Force said the fire is not being treated as suspicious and the family’s injuries were not believed to be life threatening.