A firefighter turned midwife today at the scene of a major blaze after learning his maternity ward skills watching the Channel 4 series One Born Every Minute.
Ross McLaren delivered a baby boy after a car with a woman in labour came through cordons at the scene of the fire in Enfield in north London.
A spokesman for London Fire Brigade said the car had "nothing to do" with the fire but was thought to have been caught in traffic nearby.
Mr McLaren, part of the Blue Watch at Euston fire station, had been tackling the blaze for some time when he was called to help.
The mother and the baby boy were taken to North Middlesex Hospital in an ambulance.
The fire broke out in restaurant and spread to flats above. Enfield's High Street was closed to traffic and people living in the area were advised to keep doors and windows shut as a precaution against the heavy smoke.