FIREFIGHTERS launched a dramatic rescue from a Hampshire flat - and helped a furry resident made a fortunate escape.

This grey and black guinea pig was counting his lucky stars after a blaze at a flat on Denzil Avenue, Southampton.

Crews from Redbridge, St Mary’s and Hightown, arrived at 3.50pm and spent just over an hour tackling the fire which left the flat badly damaged.

Steve Crammer, from Redbridge Fire Station, said crews from St Mary’s were first on the scene and were unsure if anyone was inside.

When they went in they found the scared creature and brought him out before handing him over to medics who gave him oxygen.

The firefighter added: “He was shaking and breathing very heavily so we made him a little den in one of our equipment boxes so he had a nest in there for a bit.

“I have seen better looking guinea pigs but he was breathing so hopefully will make a recovery.

“Although he was grey already I think the stress may have made him a little greyer but I think the guinea pig will be good for another few years."

Firefighters used two breathing apparatuses, one hose reel and ventilation techniques.

Fire investigation officers will be on the scene to investigate the cause of the blaze.

Police were also in attendance.