A former army medic has revealed how he dragged his neighbour from her burning home on New Year's Eve - seconds before it was engulfed by flames.
John Pigott rescued the woman from her bungalow in Burslem, Staffordshire. She remains in a critical condition in hospital after suffering serious burns
The 67-year-old, who served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, was alerted a dog barking.
The former combat medical technician said the house was full of dense smoke.
Fire fighters and paramedics attended. Mr Piggott and the woman, who is in her 60s, were given oxygen at scene. She was then taken to a specialist unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, after suffering smoke inhalation and burns to her legs.
Investigators believe cause of the fire was smoking- related.
Tim Hollingworth, a station manager Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: