A bin lorry driver saved an elderly man from his burning home before finishing the rest of his shift.

Heroic Andy Bithell put his own life at risk to pull the man from the flames that had engulfed the man's kitchen last Tuesday, Novermber 24.

Andy, who has worked for Wigan Council for 17 years, was finishing his shift when he spotted smoke and flames coming from the side of a house.

Without thinking, Andy ran to the house to check if anyone was inside.

He said he was met by a “flash of flames” and smoke billowing from the kitchen, MEN reports.

Andy added: “When I opened the door I couldn’t breathe because of all the black smoke so I had to go back out to take a deep breath in and re-enter.

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“When I got in the kitchen I saw an elderly man and flames that were getting bigger and bigger from the grill so I knew I had to get him out straight away.

“It was basically fight or flight mode, it was quite scary but I just knew someone was in there and needed help.”

After escorting the gentleman to safety, fire crews attended the scene and let Andy know that the man would be okay.

Andy telephoned his supervisor to let him know what had happened as he was also out of breath and coughing due to smoke inhalation but didn’t require any medical attention.

The crew then carried on with their duties and completed their round.

Councillor Paul Prescott, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for environment said: “I would like to thank Andy for his quick-thinking and bravery.

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"A lot of people say they would act and help in an emergency but it’s another thing doing it in the heat of the moment.

“It’s fantastic to hear the resident is fit and well so once again I would like to thank Andy for going above and beyond.

"He is a credit to us all and part of our fantastic service who continue to do a brilliant job throughout the pandemic.”

The Wigan Council driver says he wouldn’t think twice about doing it again and was happy to know that his brave response played a big part in the outcome.

He added: "I am just happy to know the man is doing well as that’s all that matters at the end of the day.

“I would do it again if it happened tomorrow. I would like to think others would do the same for me, you have to look after each other in life.”