Sewer jetter makes dramatic fire rescue

Ian Beaney with his jetting van. Image: Yorkshire Water

A heroic Yorkshire Water worker rescued two people and two dogs from a flat fire by using water from his sewer jetting equipment.

Ian Beaney, a waste jetting technician, returned home from work in his company vehicle and discovered a fire in a block of flats near his house in Barnsley, UK.

Investigating quickly, he found a mobility scooter on fire in the groundfloor stairwell of the property. He pulled his sewer jetting hose to the property and was able to put out the fire, before helping the two inhabitants and their pets get out the building safely.

"The bravery and quick thinking Ian showed to tackle the fire with his jetter and then rescue the people inside is incredible."

Lee Pinder, Yorkshire Water

Ian said: “There was a lot of commotion outside my house when I got back from work. Quickly I realised a mobility scooter was on fire in the property. Thankfully I still had some water left in the tank of my sewer jetter and was able to get the fire out.

“I was able to get into the property too and help get the people out before they were injured.”

Lee Pinder, regional operations manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “The bravery and quick thinking Ian showed to tackle the fire with his Yorkshire Water jetter and then rescue the people inside is incredible.

"We’re all very proud of how he handled a very difficult situation and thankful to the emergency services who also attended the scene.”