A MAN was forced to jump out of a bedroom window of his burning home.
The blaze broke out in the lounge of the house on Lower York Street - which did not have smoke alarms fitted.
The man was unable to escape through the front door and was forced upstairs.
He smashed through a first floor window and managed to climb out to safety.
Firefighters said the man could have been seriously injured or even killed.
Watch Commander Mick Ferries, of Wakefield Fire Station, said: “He was very lucky - there were no smoke detectors in the house.
“Everyone should have working smoke detectors fitted in their homes and test them regularly.
“Smoke detectors save lives and can be fitted free by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.”
Fire crews from Wakefield and Ossett Stations were called at 12.50am on Monday morning after being alerted by a neighbour.
Watch Commander Ferries said: “When we arrived smoke was coming from the building and a middle-aged man was covered in smoke.
“Paramedics arrived and took him to Pinderfields Hospital as he was suffering from smoke related injuries.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
For a free Home Fire Safety Check call West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue on 01274 682311 or visit www.westyork sfire.gov.uk