An elderly man was rescued from his South Bank home when a fire broke out in his kitchen this afternoon.

A window cleaner who was in the area threw water from his bowl onto the blaze and extinguished the flames before firefighters arrived. The fire was started by a chip pan.

Crews from Acomb and York Fire Station got the householder out of his home in a street off Nunnery Lane. He was suffering from smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital by ambulance.