Iguana jumps on firefighter's head to escape Corby house blaze

Smart reptile doesn't wait for a lift, he just hitches a ride

By Kevin Nicholls
Friday, 8th January 2021, 1:09 pm
Iguana gets a lift of a fireman to find a quick way out of a smoke-filled property. Photo: @northantsfire
Iguana gets a lift of a fireman to find a quick way out of a smoke-filled property. Photo: @northantsfire

What to do if you're house catches fire? Jump on a firefighter!

One smart iguana took the quickest way out after a reptile mat overheated in a Corby property, leaping on to one of the crew's protective helmet instead of waiting for the regulation lift.

Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue were called to the smoke-filled property in Whitworth Avenue, Corby, just before midnight on Wednesday.

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That iconic poster from 90s movie Backdraft

An NFRS spokeswoman, said: “This was a very unique incident – one that we have never dealt with before.

“The fireman in the image didn’t realise the iguana had climbed on top of him at first as he initially thought it was a colleague touching him.

“What a surprise he then had to find this iguana chilling on his head, eager to escape the burning building.

“Thankfully there were no injuries to any people or animals as a result of this incident and it is certainly an example of the diversity of a firefighter’s job – every day is definitely different."

This photo posted by the crew immediately brought back memories of 90s move Backdraft and it's iconic poster of star Kurt Russell emerging from a blazing bulding. Well, almost!

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