Video: Owner of house that car ploughed in to thanks community for their help

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The kindness of people in the Burnley community where he lives has touched resident Tony Ross who found himself at the centre of high drama on Saturday night when a car crashed into his house.

Tony said: "I never realised there were so many kind people out there.

The wreckage of the house in Accrington Road, Burnley after a car crashed into it on Saturday night.

The wreckage of the house in Accrington Road, Burnley after a car crashed into it on Saturday night.

"I have received a lot of offers of help and also free meals since it happened."

Tony (59) had popped to his next door neighbour's house to ask for help with hanging curtains when the accident happened.

Just minutes earlier he had been sat in the living room of the end terraced house in Accrington Road where the car came hurtling in.

He said: "I have been very lucky indeed."

Tony described how he heard an "almighty bang" and when he went outside he saw a lot of people running down to his house and also lots of police cars and fire engines.

Likening the scene to "like something you see in New York", Tony said the house was wrecked and nothing could be salvaged.

The car had smashed through a hedge, fencing and patio doors before coming to rest in the lounge.

In another stroke of luck the impact of the crash blew off a vestibule door which landed in front of a fish tank containing 30 tropical fish. The door protected the fish from the impact of the crash.

Tony has insisted that the accident has not put him off from living in his home where his pride and joy is is own eco garden where he grows plants and flowers from seed.

Insurance assessors are now inspecting the property and it has been boarded up.

Police said a BMW crashed into the side of the house following a collision with a taxi.

The taxi driver had to be cut free by fire crews and was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital, but has since been discharged.

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue said: "Two fire engines from Blackburn and Nelson were called to a road traffic collision involving two vehicles on Accrington Road, Burnley.

"Firefighters used cutting equipment to release one person from one of the vehicles involved."

The road between Griffin and Florence Street was closed by police from around 9-45pm.

The police spokesman added: "Fortunately no one was seriously injured.

"One man has been arrested."